What’s the point of knowing yourself? What happens next if you do? Will you change for the better?
There has been a lot of science regarding understanding one’s self. From biological science to social science, the concept has enticed a number of philosophers across time. And it has both eluded and enlightened them.
Here are five ways for us to understand ourselves better:
Reflect. You’ve probably been self-aware for years now, but you would need physical data to go with some basic analysis. Write a blog or a journal. Writing helps record changes within you that go unnoticed. The small details matter. Having actual evidence helps in justifying the change you undergo. As they say, the best person to notice changes within you is yourself. So start writing.
Not all of us have the time to record every slightest detail that happens. Heck, we can’t even be bothered to stop and jot notes even on our daily commute. Talk to a friend. Have him/her analyze you. That friend doesn’t have to be present in every big event in your life. It is actually encouraged that you talk to someone who you haven’t seen for a while. It makes analyzing you more deliberate and obvious (for their part).
III. Know Your Likes and Dislikes.
Scrutinize your current preference. Why do you suddenly like listening to songs by Silverchair or Adelle? When did you stop drinking milk? Being aware of the choices you make and its repercussions make for a very good case study. Every likes and dislikes are little puzzles that define who we are. Start building that puzzle.
IV. Take Risks.
We will never know our full potential, or even limits if we won’t take risks. Taking a gamble provides us with an idea of our threshold. This threshold will be our savepoint. We must continually try to take risks to know ourselves better. You wouldn’t realize how much you will actually like that spicy chicken biriyani or that awful smelling shawarma unless you try.
V. Have a goal.
Setting a goal will allow you to have a definite direction. It may come as a career goal or even a daily goal you can pursue on short periods of time. Start working on that novel you keep neglecting. Be a bae and continue studying the Korean language. Setting a clear objective will give us focus – focus you will need to analyze what is it you really want and who you really want to be.
You can never fully define who you are even when you are 80, much more when you are 18. But having an idea of who you are, what you can become and who you must be will provide you time and space to focus on what truly matters to you.