I voted "yes" on the poll. The reason I am learning Aikido (or trying to learn it) is purely for the "self-defense" part. I have said why in another thread. If I could take a "magic" pill it would be wonderful! It would take a lot of the pressure off for me too. I would still go to class and have a lot of fun. Maybe more than I do now because I wouldn't get those frustrating moments.
But since such a pill isn't possible, I suppose I have to go through the long (and sometimes difficult) process of learning like everyone else. Oh well.