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One thing I have come to look upon as almost universal is that when a person realises he has been deeply heard, there is a moistness in his eyes. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, “Thank God, somebody heard me. Somebody knows what it is like to be me.” In such a moment, I have had the fantasy of a prisoner in a dungeon tapping out day after day a Morse code message “Does anybody hear me? Is here somebody there? Can anyone hear me?” And, finally, one day he hears some faint tapping that spells out “yes”. By that simple response he is released from his loneliness. He has become a human again. There are many, many, people living in private dungeons today, people who give no evidence of it whatsoever on the outside, where you have to listen very sharply to hear the faint message from the dungeon. Carl Rogers (Freedom to Learn (1969:224)