The ability to understand your inner self helps you better navigate your left your life journey. Everyone has a unique journey and it takes maturity to have a real introspection. There are times where I stay up at midnight wondering about the state of my life.
For example, what could I have done differently to better my career? Did I choose the right path for my life or did I accidentally fall into a life I’m not prepared for? These are questions I don’t have the answers to but self-reflecting can help with that. The first step to do is to accept what I can’t change and focus on what I can improve for myself. There’s no purpose in constantly looking back on the past without any intention to learn from it. The good part of reflecting on the past is how it can help you discover where you can make improvements that you would’ve otherwise never think of and move on from the unchangeable.
Journals are one of those things that make it easier to know your inner self. It’s almost like having a personal therapy session. Daily entries allow people to reflect on their day or past week depending on how often they can journal. If you have ever owned a journal and you read your past entries, you most likely know fascinating it can be to read your own thoughts. Most of the time you will notice how much your thought process has changed. Sometimes you will feel like you’re reading someone else’s diary because you were in a different mental space. Keeping a diary can help you navigate your feelings and mental growth better which helps you understand your inner self.
The Power of Introspection
The purpose of introspection is to analyze your personal character and behaviour. One of the main goals of introspection is to gain emotional awareness. When you take a deeper look at your personality you’re taking out time to see how your personality helps you throughout life’s good and bad time and how it might impact other people. Self-examination makes you think about your motives and motivations behind your actions. When you’re able to almost critique yourself, you get to know your deepest thoughts and shadow side which will help you better manage your emotions. Learning how to manage your emotions build maturity meaning you’re able to see the difference between ego reactions and helpful responses that foster more harmony.
The Shadow Side of Personalities
Your shadow side is what most people would equate to your bad side, but the shadow is not necessarily negative. By using the term “shadow side” we’re embracing the fact that nobody is perfect all the time. It is the side of your personality that contains that parts of yourself that you wouldn’t want to admit to having. You often have to make a conscious effort to recognize this shadow. It’s often hidden and denied, but depending on how you view life it can be embraced; while this side might just contain such classic elements as rage, laziness, and even cruelty. You might also hide your personal power, your independence, or your emotional sensitivity. No matter how happy you might be, you can never get rid of your shadow side. It also exists to protect you in times of danger. There are times when you have to use your shadow side to protect yourself but in order to do that, you have to be sensitive to your inner self.
Family History and Heredity
A lot of your personality traits can be inherited. After spending the majority of your life with a group of people you start to have similarities in behavior. In some cases, it’s genetic; you might inherit the personality traits of a grandmother or aunt you never met. Sometimes you have to take a good look at your family’s different personalities. Once you start looking at the various characters in your family, you might see some good and shadow side similarities. Perhaps pondering on this information will help you better understand yourself. Once you do, you can avoid potential mistakes and shortfalls similar to those of those that come before you.