“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle
How well do you really know yourself? Are you someone who often reflects on your internal processes or do you rarely give your patterns of behaviour a second thought?
Self-awareness is defined as “conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings”. It’s the ability to see yourself clearly through reflection and introspection.
Greater self-awareness has been linked to better decision making, improved relationships, clearer communication and enhanced self-confidence.
Those who truly know themselves are also better at understanding other people’s perspectives and tend to be more accepting and empathic.
So How Can You Improve Your Self-Awareness?
Take up Meditation/Mindfulness
Starting a mindfulness practice is a great way to increase self-awareness.
Whether it’s meditation, yoga, walking or connecting to nature, mindfulness is about being present in the moment and paying attention to yourself, your senses, your own breath and the environment around you.
Processing your thoughts and feelings through writing can be very cathartic.
It can help you identify, clarify and accept your thoughts and feelings.
Try writing a stream of consciousness – don’t overthink it, just write whatever comes into your head and then read it back.
Practice Active Listening
Often during a conversation we are not really listening, we are simply waiting for our turn to talk.
Try active listening. Turn your phone off and really pay attention to what someone is telling you. Don’t judge or evaluate, just listen.
Ask a Trusted Friend Or Family Member For Feedback
External feedback can also be helpful when trying to gain a better understanding of yourself.
Ask someone who you know will be kind and gentle to describe what you’re like. Notice what you agree with and what surprises you, and reflect.
Take Part in a Group Course
Taking part in a course like The Link Centre’s Official Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA101) is a great way to boost self-awareness in a safe and compassionate group environment.
Some of the main takeaways of the course are:
- Greater understanding of self & others
- Better personal & professional relationships
- Skills to help you make decisions that serve you better
- Heightened self-awareness & self-esteem
During the fascinating 2-day course you will also learn about topics including Life Script, Psychological Games and Ego States.
The next courses are on the 6th & 7th of May at Plumpton College or the 24th & 25th of June (online).
Please visit www.thelinkcentre.co.uk for more information, and to book.
Words: Laura Mitchell
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