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I is for Introspection

Updated: Apr 7

Introspection is one of the mental health tools that requires a delicate balance between self-healing and avoiding getting lost in a labyrinth of our own thought. When we're faced with life's challenges, it's natural to fall into the trap of what psychologists call the "external locus of control bias," where we tend to attribute our misfortunes to external factors. It's the power-hungry boss, the toxic friend, the lazy partner, or past traumas that often shoulder the blame for our unhappiness.

Introspection, however, offers a fresh perspective by turning the spotlight inward.

It compels us to confront aspects of ourselves we'd rather not acknowledge.

It nudges us to shoulder responsibility for the controllable aspects of our lives.

While humans possess an inherent capacity to explore their thoughts and feelings, the depth and effectiveness of this skill vary from person to person. It's influenced by cultural and environmental factors, but like any skill, it can be cultivated over time. Practices like shadow work can provide valuable insights by allowing us to view our issues from different angles. Yet, it's crucial to ensure the observer doesn't transform into a harsh judge or become entangled in endless rumination.

Easier said than done, perhaps, but introspection is a skill, and so is embracing yourself for who you've been and who you are in this very moment. The goal isn't so much about finding yourself but accepting that nurturing our mental well-being and learning to thrive is an ongoing, sometimes painful, but still beautiful task.

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