Following on from my ‘Introversion for mental health blog,’ we know that introversion or introspection is the act of observing and thinking about ourselves and our lives objectively.
Both are used as a tool to enable us to look at our lives from the outside in. Introspection is us having a conversation with ourselves. With introspection we are able to look at how we talk, what we say and how we behave, how we feel and what makes us feel the way we feel. Introspection allows us to question and helps us to understand.
Through introspection, we find traces of our parents, similarities and disagreements with our siblings, parents, anyone we share an experience with. We will also find certain influences around our experiences, issues with experiences that include dysfunctional behaviour such neglect, abuse and trauma.
If introversion or introspection is done properly, we will come away with a more balanced and fair opinion on our experiences; we will also see and understand everyone’s part in our lives, so that we’re looking at the bigger picture.
Introspection is a way of us clearing the decks on our experiences, so we can get to feel calm and at ease with ourselves. It’s not about apportioning blame or finding fault with others. All that does is add fuel to an already burning fire.
Introspection is simply about understanding and coming to terms with our experiences.