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The power of introspection

The power of introspection

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Introspection

Introspection

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” once said Aristotle. Introspection is the act of looking inwards to examine one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings.

Our busy lives often prevent us from making time for introspection, which means we miss out on the many personal and professional benefits this form of self-reflection offers.

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The many benefits of introspection

  • Improved problem-solving
  • Better mental health
  • More self-compassion
  • Greater ability to confront fears
  • Enhanced future planning.

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The practice of introspection is as ancient as human thinking

  • In Eastern Christianity, nepsis, Greek for “sober introspection”, encourages people to observe conflicts between the heart and the mind. 
  • Pratikraman, Sanskrit for introspection, is practiced by Jains to learn from their mistakes, and Hindus are encouraged to reflect on their true nature as part of sāvdhyāya (“contemplation of the self”).
  • Around 700 BC, The Temple of Apollo was built at one of the oldest religious sites in ancient Greece. The aphorism, “Know thyself”, was carved into the entrance.
  • Philosopher Immanuel Kant rekindled our interest in introspection, a process he described as the liberation and emergence of humans in developing the ability to “think for oneself”.
  • In modern psychological sciences, introspection is known as “experimental self-observation”.

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How to practice productive introspection

  • Find a quiet space in which to explore your feelings privately and without distraction
  • Journaling helps increase awareness of how you feel, privately articulate your feelings or needs, and feel more confident in expressing who you are or what you dream of
  • Meditating helps you become more aware of yourself and your values
  • Take a walk in nature to clear your mind of internal noise
  • Reflect on your emotions and behavior.

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