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Old 12-05-2012, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd appreciate it if people don't judge me. I'm just looking for advice as I'm about to be honest. I realize this is wrong on every level.

I'm ashamed to be attracted to one of my art students. I'm middle-aged and she's probably in her mid twenties. She's extremely warm, beautiful, sweet, and she's got these big huge eyes that look at me in class and I can't help but smile at her. She's talented and a great student. She's also adorably shy and timid and is always asking me questions about her artwork after class. She's very driven to achieve an A, which makes me happy as a professor. We've made some long eye contact a couple of times and she's caught me looking at her. I smiled at her, but she doesn't smile back often, And I feel really ashamed and embarrased to be drooling over her and she's too innocent to really notice. Although I think she suspects. Just saying her name in class reveals my attraction to her and paying attention to her in class could reveal to much. I'm afraid to give compliment her art in front of the class (like i do other students) because I don't want to come a cross like I like her. See we're both married. I have six kids and love my wife. I would never do anything to mess with that. And I don't want to steal a beautiful woman from her husband. I just really have warm affectionate feelings for her and am at a loss on how to be a good teacher while still maintaining my distance and not "showing" my extreme attraction to her. I don't want her to feel uncomfortable around me and I know she does.

How should I go about this? I know that in most cases I'd stay the hell away from her, but she's going to be around for a few more years and avoiding her is not an option. She'll probably end up taking another one of my classes and I'm a mentor in her field.

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Isn't the semester almost over?

So just ignore this. Give her an honest grade. She won't be around for much longer.

Maybe see a counselor to find out what is missing in your life so that you can fix that.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good for you recognizing these feelings for what they are, realizing they are wrong, and trying to change your behavior before starting down a path that could potentially ruin a lot of lives.

Refreshing to see.

No advice to give, other than maybe a year alone at a pond in the woods . Others should be along to help soon.

Good luck professor.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you remember your wife and kids and your married life, the precursor to infatuation will end.

Kill every thought of possessing the beauty, who is already somebody's.

Realize that your thoughts are making you a slave. Refuse every thought that is going beyond student-teacher relationship.

Also recognize your role, ie. teacher, all the time. Eventually, you will overcome this. Since you already know this as wrong, there is a good chance of overcoming....

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Im not trying to be rude.but posting this so you want ruin things
For your sel over perhaps nothing. Your feelings we all can get them regardless of profession. But here is the thing
When i went to universety. I say this happen a lot..female students finds out professor ha a thing for the. And takes advantige.

Here is one sign.

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I smiled at her, but she doesn't smile back often


She's extremely warm, beautiful, sweet, and she's got these big huge eyes that look at me in class and I can't help but smile at her. She's talented and a great student. She's also adorably shy and timid and is always asking me questions about her artwork after class.That does sound like somone who is shy would do. She's very driven to achieve an A,


Im not saying doesent have feelings but just letting you know...

There was 7proffesors that got in to deep trouble .during my 4years at the school.. Please think about what i said.if or do i have point..only you can decide
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Yes it's all her fault.. it's always the fault of the evil female student....
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes it's all her fault.. it's always the fault of the evil female student....
Where did a call her evil??Its a known fact female students bonks professors for better grades..

You also need to understand one thing...If men could pull of this
WE WOULD DO IT TO..I know i did. Older women has for some reason unknown to me.seme to have thing for me.. so yes one singe female professor had some private time..In my case it was not because i needed help with grades..She was/is hot
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Where did a call her evil??Its a known fact female students bonks professors for better grades..

You also need to understand one thing...If men could pull of this
WE WOULD DO IT TO..I know i did. Older women has for some reason unknown to me.seme to have thing for me.. so yes one singe female professor had some private time..In my case it was not because i needed help with grades..She was/is hot
"Its a known fact female students bonks professors for better grades.." This statement is written such that it implies that all female students do this. That's so far from the truth that it's insulting to any woman who makes it through college.

A truer statement is that SOME small number of female students bonk professors just as SOME small number of male students do this.


We are not talking about SOME female or male students here who might bonk professors for grades.

We are talking about a young lady that this professor mentions. She has not made a pass at him and thus you are off base accusing her of wanting to bonk him for a grade.

You made up some wild fantasy about the young lady in his class... it's completely your imagination.
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Lets stick to the thread, folks.

OP knows very well that he is ashamed for his thinking and intentions....

He came for help.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You are the professor, in a privileged position. Do not abuse your trusted position of power.

Stop thinking about this girl and think about your wife instead. Do somethings to connect with your wife, make sure you have time alone and change your thought process so that if the young student pops into your mind you change your thoughts to something else and go and look at a photo of your wife and children.
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"Its a known fact female students bonks professors for better grades.." This statement is written such that it implies that all female students do this. That's so far from the truth that it's insulting to any woman who makes it through college.

A truer statement is that SOME small number of female students bonk professors I humble apologies you are completely right...Should have paid more attention how wrote it..


just as SOME small number of male students do this.


We are not talking about SOME female or male students here who might bonk professors for grades.

We are talking about a young lady that this professor mentions. She has not made a pass at him and thus you are off base accusing Accusing??? WTF is the matter with you???her of wanting to bonk him for a grade.

You made up some wild fantasy about the young lady in his class.HAve you even been to a university,even???.Professorīs are doing it all the time...
I WROTE DOWN WHAT I DID BECAUSE OP SEEM`S LIKE A DECENT GUY...IT WAS MORE OF HEADS UP



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Lets stick to the thread, folks.

OP knows very well that he is ashamed for his thinking and intentions....

He came for help.
And i gave him a headīs up.. IN case it could be like that.But according to Rosa Parks I was accusing that poor little girl..

Here was my ending
Please think about what i said.if or do i have point..only you can decide
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Well done for spotting this before it turns into anything damaging.
It sounds like you have built up a romanticised picture of this woman in your head and maybe she's not as innocent and shy as she portrays. She's not a young girl afterall, she's a married woman, so I guess she knows what she's doing. I'm not saying its for grades or anything like that but the Bambi style flirting she is doing with you doesn't sounds as innocent as you portray.

Just be careful and keep your professional boundaries in place. Put a picture of your wife and kids on your desk, to remind you what you have to lose and to give her the message that you are taken.
Be careful!
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This Rosa Parks thing is rather confusing. What is that about?


OP, can you try to imagine her as someone who wouldn't entice you? Try to think of her as a person with a raging STD or as a person who is not a woman but a man dressed as a woman or as someone who is really ill or as if she were your own daughter or as simeone with a weird toilet fetish. None of those things have anything to do with one another, but throwing something weird in there might make you see her as a person instead if an object of lust and that might allow you to see past it. You've gotta take her off the pedestal so that you can interact with her in a normal way.

We've all had tempting thoughts about others -- students, teachers, colleagues, friends, whatever...the trick is not to dwell on those things or feed them. Sure, she may be lovely, but she is also a person with flaws and issues and maybe you can imagine them (or anything else that takes you out of your current attraction) to get out of this mess.

Sorry you're in an uncomfortable situation. Hopefully, when the semester is over, the issue will disappear....
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Well done for spotting this before it turns into anything damaging.
It sounds like you have built up a romanticised picture of this woman in your head and maybe she's not as innocent and shy as she portrays. She's not a young girl afterall, she's a married woman, so I guess she knows what she's doing. I'm not saying its for grades or anything like that but the Bambi style flirting she is doing with you doesn't sounds as innocent as you portray.

Just be careful and keep your professional boundaries in place. Put a picture of your wife and kids on your desk, to remind you what you have to lose and to give her the message that you are taken.
Be careful!
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Thanks for posting this...in a nutshell what i was trying to say.
You just have a way better way with world then me
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