Hi Mr. Pransky,
My name is Su Aung. I just completed my first year of the master's in public health program at WVU. Very recently, I have moved back to Chicago where I am initially from. The contents of your book has made a positive impact in my life; so first and foremost, I would like to thank you.
Hi Su Aung
I am so happy to hear that! Hey! There’s a group I trained in Chicago and they continue to meet together. You may want to hook up with that group, They’re really good people. The main contact is Joannie Leigh //jleigh@grundy.k12.il.us//. Write to her. This is her work address and she may not get it until school resumes at the end of this month.

My questions are:
1.) Through the three principles and through the understanding of my own thinking, I have been trying to change aspects of myself. I have made progress, but nothing as extensive as those you mentioned in your book. I am not aware of any empowering insights either. Is it possible to gradually develop the type of resiliency we speak of or does it just happen in a moment with an insight?

In my experience most people change with little insights along the way and don’t get totally blasted with huge epiphanies. Maybe 5-10%, if that, have huge insights that change their lives totally in a moment. (That’s just a very rough guess.) I know one thing: If you look too hard for it, your search gets in the way, because the search is done with the analytical mind and the mind has to clear to have insights. You said my book had a positive impact on your life. It wasn’t the book. It must have been that you had some insights about yourself while reading the book. (By the way, if you haven’t read Somebody Should Have Told Us!, many people have told me that book was very helpful to them). So to answer your question, it always happens in moment of insight, but some are bigger and smaller than others, and those insights might gradually build over time and reach a critical mass.

2.) I have been volunteering back in Burma (Myanmar) during winter breaks within the past few years. This winter, I will be traveling to the northern borders to educate the communities there about HIV/AIDS. These people are extremely poor, lack protection, and some of them are very ill. They have no money to travel to the city to find jobs, and no money to receive any type of education. Day in and day out, they worry about just getting food put on the table. What suggestions can you give me to introduce resiliency into this population?
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The only answer I can give is the same answer I gave to Shelly. I think with HIV/AIDS we especially want to appeal to people’s common sense. I think the Modello book gives a perfect illustration of how to appeal to people’s common sense. I, personally, have never worked with that population so I can’t be specifically helpful to you there. I know what is missing in HIV/AIDS prevention and that is a focus on thought and a focus on wisdom (or common sense), but how to specifically get there with them unfortunately I can’t say, except to be guided by what I said to Shelly. Sorry I can’t be more specific.
Good luck!
Best wishes,
Jack