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Literature and practice on critical reflection often seems to ignore the expression of fear. Fulop and Rifkin (1997) highlight that some fears that individuals experience and reveal to others will propel collective learning, some will inhibit learning and some will have a mixed or an insignificant impact. Robert believes as a result of his fears he has learnt an important lesson ‘nobody’s knowledge is ever complete and discovery takes time’. As a result of critical reflection I have come to understand myself better through a greater understanding of my own behaviour and the forces that influence it.

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