Greater self-awareness

I believe it doesn’t matter who we are, or who we go on to meet, everyone has something special to give. On our parts, we must be open enough to receive it.

Every encounter we experience, gives us the opportunity to look at our greater self-awareness, by showing us what we can accept about ourselves. Our behaviour will always highlight information to the other person, which is why first impressions count.

The key to greater self-awareness lies in what we can learn or know about ourselves and how we usually judge or accept ourselves. For example, if someone says something about you and you know they’re speaking the truth, but it’s hit a nerve, the truth can sometimes hurt. It’s always hard for us to acknowledge our own faults, let alone hear others tell us what they think our faults are.

‘The same point can be applied to almost any situation. Our reactions are often a reflection on how we judge ourselves and how we feel about ourselves and not the other person.’

It may also depend on who we’re talking to. We tend to judge others when we feel emotionally threatened in some way. If we are in the company of someone who is more outgoing than we are, we may resent them being that way. How many times have you perhaps made a comment by saying how loud or what a show-off they are?

Of course, when we become more of accepting of others and what they say, we’re more likely to express what’s being presented in a more appropriate and mature way. I believe our judgments of others are based on our own emotional reactions and when applied appropriately, are more likely to help us gain insight into how we think and behave.

We must explore all assumptions and beliefs. Our judgment of others, acts as a mirror so that we get to see how we present ourselves.


26 Oct, 2011

4 thoughts on “Greater self-awareness

  1. I think we should really think hard before saying something about others, because you’re right we are just reflecting something about ourselves that possibly we don’t like.

    Maybe the other person is trying to overcome something about themselves by being loud or obnoxious.

    1. I think you’re right Lisa, I believe when that happens, the other person is usually hiding their own insecurities of how they really feel about themselves.

  2. I do not like to be judged and I tend to stay away from judging others.

    You have no idea what it is like to be the other person, unless you can walk a mile in their shoes.

    Growing up I was always judged on how I walked, what I wore etc. How I walked was out of my control but that did not stop people sometimes.

    I always had one parent who judged me constantly, but he wasn’t perfect either and hated it when other people pointed that out to him.

    He could dish it out but never could take it when the tables were turned on him.

    1. I think when we’re judged it makes us more determined not to judge others. It’s lovely that you don’t judge. I agree with your sentiments Randy.

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