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Self Discovery Exercises

Simple Exercises for Knowing Yourself

Introduction to Type | Reflective Writing | Word Therapy

Reflective Writing

  • Get a pad of unlined paper and two different colours of pens or pencils and retreat to a quiet place with no distractions
  • With your dominant hand (for most people it’s the right hand) write down a question you would like to ask about your life (not another’s)
  • With your non-dominant hand, let the answer flow onto the paper

This exercise will put you in touch with the other side of your brain and give you your own answers in a loving, non-judgmental and sometimes cryptic way that you will understand. It frees insight and creativity as it rises above the conscious chatter to access the most profound messages for you, and sometimes for all of humanity.

You will not know what is exactly being written until after it is written. There may also be drawings that you will not know until it is finished. You will, however, have a sense of trust and excitement in whatever is flowing onto the paper from the creative side of your brain. It’s best not to show it to anyone unless you are certain that you can trust them. Others may or may not understand, and may judge or criticize you. Although it will inspire you, wait until you find the strength in it since it may even be prophetic for you and hasn’t come into view yet.

See an unbelievable example of how the universe communicates using this method in the book Charges – Answers From The Universe

Word Therapy

  • Get a pad of paper and pen/pencil
  • Be in a relaxed mode
  • Write down a starter word, i.e., barrel
  • Ask yourself what this word means to you intellectually…write it down
  • Ask yourself for a personal experience regarding this word and one that you can recall…write it down
  • Think of some other words and repeat Step 4 & 5 for each one, i.e., computer, beach, money, marriage

Benefits

  • This is a lesson in objectivity and subjectivity for self-awareness and communication.
  • Every single person in the world will have different feelings that stem from their own personal perceptions.
  • It’s a valuable tool when you want to communicate your own views or see someone else’s as a way of working with others rather than against them.
  • It also helps you to recognize a communication breakdown and learn to rephrase or reiterate the statement.

Introduction to Type (Myers-Briggs)

Psychological Type was developed by Carl Jung to explain some of the apparently random differences in people’s behaviour because of the different ways that people use their minds. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator© (MBTI) helps explain why different kinds of people:

  • are interested in different things
  • are good at different things
  • are good at different kinds of work
  • often find it hard to understand each other

This system has been used for more than thirty years for:

  • families to better understand each other
  • teachers and students to make learning more interesting and efficient
  • young people and adults to choose careers best suited to hold their interest and use their talents
  • organizations to improve communication, teamwork and leadership

The MBTI explains how your preferred mental processes work together as well as with others and is a great tool for enlightenment into a person’s nature. Your own personal report is a result of answers that are collected from a questionnaire that you fill out, whereas the information available is valuable insight into the mindset of those around you.It is a workable guideline for communicating as you find yourself in different areas of type to varying degrees all throughout your life.

You will be stronger on one side of the scale at a certain point and may grow to be stronger on the other side if you so choose to expand on your capabilities. It is a great tool for getting to know ourselves better as well as others.

A little more on type:

1.Where do you prefer to focus your attention? E or I

  • Extroversion (E)
    • You tend to focus on the outer world of people and external events You direct your energy and attention outward and receive energy from external events, experiences, and interactions.
  • Introversion (I)
    • You tend to focus on your own inner world of ideas and experiences. You direct your energy and attention inward and receive energy from your internal thoughts, feelings, and reflections.

2. How do you take in information or find out about things? S or N

  • Sensing (S)
    • You take in information through your eyes, ears, and other senses to find out what is actually happening. You are observant of what is going on around you and are especially good at recognizing the practical realities of a situation.
  • Intuition (N)
    • You take in information by seeing the big picture, focusing on the relationship and connections between the facts. You want to grasp patterns and are especially good at seeing new possibilities and different ways of doing things.

3. How do you make decisions? T or F

  • Thinking (T)
    • You tend to look at the logical consequences of a choice or action. You try to mentally remove yourself from a situation to examine it objectively and analyze cause and effect. Your goal is an objective standard of truth and the application of principles. Your strengths include figuring out what is wrong with something so you can apply your problem-solving abilities.
  • Feeling (F)
    • You tend to consider what is important to you and to other people. You mentally place yourself in a situation and identify with the people involved so that you can make decisions based on person-centered values. Your goal is harmony and recognition of individuals, and your strengths include understanding, appreciating, and supporting others.

4. How do you orient toward the outer world? J or P

  • Judging (J)
    • You tend to live in a planned, orderly way, wanting to regulate and control life. You make decisions, come to closure, and move on. Your lifestyle is structured and organized, and you like to have things settled. Sticking to a plan and schedule is very important to you, and you enjoy your ability to get things done.
  • Perceiving (P)
    • You tend to live in a flexible, spontaneous way, seeking to experience and understand life, rather than control it. Plans and decisions feel confining to you as you prefer to stay open to experience and last-minute options. You enjoy and trust your resourcefulness and ability to adapt to the demands of a situation.

For example, the characteristics frequently associated with the INTJ:

  • have original minds and great drive for their own ideas and purposes
  • have long-range vision and quickly find meaningful patterns in external events
  • in fields that appeal to them, they have a fine power to organize a job and carry it though
  • skeptical, critical, independent, determined
  • have high standards of competence and performance

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