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As I look back on what is becoming a long and winding career in psychology, I am proud of my successes, but I am just as proud of what some would call failures. I say this because I have never regretted the goals that prompted my choices and actions, and because I have learned from my failures how better to achieve those goals. I believe the real key to success is to pay attention to larger, more enduring values and insure that we have personal mission statements tied to those values. For psychologists, that comes with the territory, for we have always viewed psychology itself as rooted in a fundamental belief in the value of human beings, and in their capacity to grow and to change. For my part, I hope to be helping others to do just that, grow and to change through higher education, for a long, long time.
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Publication information: Book title: Models of Achievement: Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology. Volume: 3. Contributors: Agnes N. O'Connell - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1983. Page number: 234.
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