This week, we’re thinking about Self-Reflection. The renowned Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology Carl Jung said:
Self-reflection is one of the best ways to learn and grow as a human. We learn lots of info from our strengths, weaknesses, things we love and yes, things that irritate us. We are human at the end of the day. Things will annoy us. Our emotional reaction – be it irritation or hatred – to perceived weaknesses in others reflects something going on inside of us.
This psychological projection is a well-known self-defense mechanism and involves projecting our own insecurities, flaws and weaknesses onto others. When we strongly judge someone else to be rude, selfish or stupid, we may, in fact, be doing so in order to avoid confronting these characteristics in ourselves. Let's use moments like these to gain a better understanding of ourselves and how we move through our world.
How do you self-reflect? Journal? Do you use prompts? What were some transformative things that were revealed through this?
A few things for you to click on:
🎥 Carl Jung and the Shadow – The Mechanics of Your Dark Side - The notion of the shadow is central to the human condition and the ability to deal with it constitutes a challenging endeavor for most of us.
📄 Theory of the Unconscious - Like Freud (and Erikson) Jung regarded the psyche as made up of 3 main separate but interacting systems (ego, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious). According to Jung, the ego represents the conscious mind as it comprises the thoughts, memories, and emotions a person is aware of. The ego is largely responsible for feelings of identity and continuity. Like Freud, Jung emphasized the importance of the unconscious in relation to personality. However, he proposed that the unconscious consists of two layers.
That's all for now. I hope you have an inspired week ahead :)
Travel gently my friend,