Both a story and a history- ""the case history of a profession""-this is an introspective, retrospective self-portrayal which follows not only the formative influences in a teacher's life- but also the continuous, changing pattern of the learning experience-since ""all becoming..... takes time"". Marie Garn's determination to teach had its impetus- in protest- in the first grade, was sparked- sometimes by humiliation, sometimes by admiration for her successive teachers. This transcribes the hard years of study which eventually took her away from the home she hated; the first post- in a Moravian village; the European experience which broadened her vision of the past; the acquisition of an M.A., and finally a Ph.D.; and more important- the realization that one learned not from books but from the children one taught; and finally the interest in and influence of psychiatry which extends her understanding further..... The determination, the dedication here, the consciousness of learning on the many levels of experience gives this its content- for a special audience. Karen Horney contributes an introduction.