The Power of Self-observation – Knowing Yourself Series

Welcome to the first part of the Knowing Yourself Series! This week, we will explore the power of self-observation.

If you’ve missed the introduction of this series, make sure to check it out here.

Basically, the Knowing Yourself Series is a four-part series where we will talk about different ways we can better get to know ourselves. Every week, I will share steps you can take and exercises to help you know your true self.

This series is also the companion to the self-discovery workbook that I have created. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get your FREE copy here.

Nevertheless, let’s start discussing what self-observation is, how it works, and how you can do it!

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Self-observation is one practice to help you turn your attention inside yourself and be aware of what you think, feel, and do without judgments. In this blog post, we will talk about the benefits of self-observation and one exercise that I used to help me observe myself and get to know myself better! | self reflection questions | personal growth | self observation questions

What is Self-observation?

Self-observation is one practice to help you turn your attention inside yourself and be aware of what you think, feel, and do without judgments. In Psychology, it is also considered “introspection”. 

Other names for introspective methods include self-report, retrospection, inner perception, and self-reflection.

Self-observation is often done through meditation. Just to give you a little background, meditation is a practice where an individual is being mindful or focused on a particular object, thought, or activity. 

Meditation helps us to be aware and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. That’s when self-observation comes in.

Benefits of Self-observation

The habit of self-observation might take time to develop. However, the benefits are worth it! These are some of them:

1. Increase self-awareness

Developing the habit of observing yourself will help you be more self-aware. This means you will recognize not just your strengths and weaknesses, but also your emotions, thoughts, and feelings. This is super important especially if you are making a decision.

2. Understand your emotions

There are a lot of times when we feel something but don’t actually know the reason why. By giving yourself a moment to self-observe, you will help yourself understand not just the “what” but also the “why” of your reactions, feelings, and emotions.

3. Discover more about yourself

And of course, observing yourself is a great way to get to know yourself better. By self-observation, you will discover things you don’t usually notice.

For example, you observe yourself that you are always rushing around. That’s why you keep misplacing some important things (yes, that’s me).

How to do Self-observation

There are so many ways to exercise self-observation. As I’ve said earlier, one way to practice observing yourself is to do at least 10 minutes of meditation every day. 

Another way to exercise self-observation is to do the 3-Centered Awareness exercise which I recently learned from Transform.

Our 3 centers of intelligence are the head, heart, and body. The head is logical, where we set plans, goals, solve problems, and other similar things. The heart holds our emotions and feelings. The body is the center of instincts and sensation.

Those three centers are the things that you want to check in when observing yourself. Inspired by Transform’s instructions, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Check-in with your head: What are you thinking about? Where is your attention right now and what thoughts are active in your mind? 

  2. Check-in with your heart: What feelings or emotions are active or are you not wanting to let in? 

  3. Check-in with your body: Is your body tense, achy, energized, tired, etc.?

Check out Transform’s full article about 3-Centered Awareness if you want to learn more.

You can think about these questions while you’re meditating, writing in a journal, while putting make-up on, before falling asleep at night, and literally, times when you can have your own time to check in with yourself. The main idea is to observe yourself at the moment.

Your Turn!

It is important for you to start small and not overwhelm yourself. 

Practice self-observation in a way that is comfortable to you, whether it’s meditating or journaling with the three-centered exercise for the whole seven days.

In your workbook, list down at least one thing you observe about yourself.

Next week, we will talk about Journaling for Self-reflection for part two of our Knowing Yourself Series! Stay tuned and have fun with this exercise! 

Comment down below how will you practice self-observation or share some tips to help others as well!

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Self-observation is one practice to help you turn your attention inside yourself and be aware of what you think, feel, and do without judgments. In this blog post, we will talk about the benefits of self-observation and one exercise that I used to help me observe myself and get to know myself better! | self reflection questions | personal growth | self observation questions