Sit back and think about yourself as a person. Grab a piece of paper and try to fill it up describing yourself.
If you do this, you might realize that this task was not as easy as you thought it would be. But self-awareness is really important for all of us.
We all evolve into our own personalities due to so many factors that influence our lives. Categorizing them into two main parts, they are our external experiences and our internal thoughts and emotions. Both these factors play an equally important role in determining our outlook towards ourselves and also towards the world. This implies that we ourselves unknowingly determine a large part of our lives.
This is a bigger power in our hands than we think it is.
Knowing oneself and working towards becoming a better person contributes extensively towards personal and professional growth. Self-awareness plays a vital role in our development emotionally as well. By the time we reach late adolescence or early adulthood, we all have a self-image, the way we look at ourselves and this has a lot to do with our mental health. Let us see how and why.
Carl Rogers, an American psychologist proposed this vital link between the self and mental health in his popular theory call the “self-theory”. This article is just another perspective on that theory.
There are two important aspects of self-awareness.
First being our understanding of who we are – our “real self” and the second aspect is who we want to become – our “ideal self”.
The ideal self is our role model or who we strive to become. It could also be what people around us expect us to become. We may not be able to reach the ideal self in reality but we can put in our efforts to be as near as possible to that image.
The relation between the real and ideal self influences our thought processes.
A positive relation or congruence between these two images has a positive impact on the personality of the person. Such people feel good about themselves and see the world as a safe and happy place. An example of this is a child who excels in academics and all his other activities just like he is expected to be, grows up to become a person with high self-confidence, and would be more productive and satisfied in life.
Conversely, a child who shows poor performance in his activities is likely to suffer from esteem issues, may not like social interaction, and would mostly prefer to be by themselves.
The incongruence between real and ideal selves is one of the main causes of the problem is people who suffer from mental health issues.
This distortion might initiate problems like anxiety and depression and bipolar disorders.
These problems of incongruence occur because of situations like difficulty in identifying their self-image or being confused about the ideal self they want to be. One can overcome these problems by regularly practicing self-awareness activities like the JOHARI WINDOW.
Involve your friends and family while you do these activities and you will surely learn something new about yourself each time. These activities also provide one with the scope to work and develop the traits that one would like to have. It can bring a world of a difference in one and put them on the track to achieve all that they what.
It is surprising how much impact self-awareness can have on lives and the power to design our future lies in our hands.
We are often told to believe in ourselves in our difficult times. It is just a statement of reassurance or moral support but a fact that has worked wonders in many real-life situations.
Therefore, it cannot be more clear that being completely conscious of one’s own psyche is the first step to success.
I really wish this article motivates you to think more about yourself and indulge in self-awareness activities. Do let me know what you think of this concept in the comments.
Until next time…Toodles!!