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The Shift by Kimberly White

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2   Missing the Gorilla

WHY WE SEE PEOPLE AS OBJECTS

I returned home from my third research trip with tremendous reluctance; I knew what I was going back to, and I didn’t think I could face it again. I sat in the car, looking at our tiny apartment through a dreary, unenthusiastic rain. I did not want to go in to my unappreciative, feckless husband or my quarrelsome children, who whined and complained through the homework and chores I had to make them do. I did not want to go in and pretend that I was happy to be home, when in reality I had been far happier away.

The simple truth is that I was miserable at home. Miserable and disappointed and trapped in a way that I think is familiar to many people: I felt oppressed and restricted because I was ...

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