Openness & Curiosity
She points to the willingness to engage in open dialogue in a safe space, as the most valuable aspect of the Human Library. A dialogue that in its nature, can be an inspiration – for both the books and the readers – and create a greater understanding of other people, but even more so, of yourself. Yuzhakova says that the greatest feedback she can get from readers, is knowing that her story has changed their outlook on their own lives:
“When a feedback came from a Reader telling that my story became an eye-opener to her/his problem.”
Openness is essential for both the readers and the books, to create the best possible dialogue – especially when it comes to challenging the stereotypes we all, consciously or unconsciously, have:
“Opening your mind and extending the frontiers of stereotypes in your head – often the ones you don’t even have the slightest idea about – is essential, I think.”
As a final advice for readers – all over the world – Yuzhakova has a simple, but strong, advice:
“Raise more attentiveness and curiosity in yourselves.”
To know more about abuse, Yuzhakova recommends reading, Lundy Bancroft “Why does he do that?”, and Tanja Tank “Be afraid, I’m with you”. And make sure to stay aware of Human Library events in your local area, so you get the chance to meet inspiring and authentic stories that will give you a more reflective view of yourself.
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