Mark Walsh wrote:
What is the mechanism by which personal change/growth occurs in aikido practitioners?
I would like to start this thread from the assumption that, that aikido does in some way change us as people, and to ask how
this transformation occurs? Is it for example the result of simple physical exercise, increased social support or of other spiritual factors.
Given the bald terms in which you pose the question, I would agree with Hanna. Aikido is simply training and you get out of it what you put into it. Such training might change people for better or for worse. It is impossible to generalize.
I happen to believe that aikido training has changed me as a person, in many ways. I also believe that it has changed others whom I have trained with and have taught. But I would not like to generalize on this basis.