#106 Reflection – ‘The Importance of Introspection’

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On a molecular level humans are not very reflective. Shine at torch at a human and nothing will come back, apart from maybe a few inquiries as to why you’re shining a torch at them. The most reflective materials known to man are rather disappointing; Silver and Aluminium. Unfortunately for them they don’t have consciousness, or even a rudimentary nervous system – losers. We do though, and that allows us to be reflective in many other ways.

A common trait in people who show signs of mental illness is their level of introspection*. It is off the charts. I have a mental illness, which shouldn’t come as a shock to many readers given it is post 106 on a blog about my mental health, and I can certainly say it is true that I reflect heavily on every issue. On everything humanly possible.

I internalise everything first. If something goes wrong, it is all about what I could have done better or different to make it work. Rarely the opposite. This kind of makes sense when you fail an exam or don’t win the contract at work, but my introspection seems to go deeper. When I find myself querying whether I could have done something different when it is something I had no involvement in, like my looks or Donald Trump being president.

So given all this introspection I seem to naturally impose on myself on a daily basis, you would think the last thing I need to do is introduce a little more. What this blog has enabled me to do is wrap myself up in a big ball of reflective silver, like some kind of reflective super team. The most reflective material and the most introspective species.

I forced myself to blog daily for this reason, I wanted to reflect on my day. I wanted to think about it all day, and be more aware of what I am doing and what I am thinking. I think the young kids call it ‘mindfulness’. Whatever it is called; it is working. I genuinely think the more you try to understand yourself the more you understand others, the more you can empathise and sympathise. We like to think of ourselves as very individual but in reality we are all largely the same with slight degrees of difference. That means if something is happening to you or you feel something, then the chances are, the exact same thing is happening to someone else somewhere, at that moment.

This point is encapsulated perfectly in the movie ‘Night On Earth’, the movie is split into 5 parts, each in a different city at the same time. The New York segment manages to strip away all pretences of fashion, culture and society to show that modern life is an emperor with no clothes. Or, it is about a black man driving a cab, you decide.*

So whilst introspection and reflection can certainly drive me to the point of insanity on regular occasion, I feel the more self-awareness we have, the more we can contribute to society. And I love contributing to society, as long as I can do it from the comfort of my own home and don’t have to actually interact with anyone.

Mindfump.

*Entirely made that up, I have absolutely no idea if that is true. 

*But really the part about his hat – decimates fashion culture. 

 

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28 Comments

  1. Bless

    How strange I’ve considered going back to blogging daily it was rather insightful (sometimes too insightful) and the whole self reflection thing is literally me everyday day. I would sway my hips like shakira at this point (you’ve successfully made me feel like I’m not alone again) but I’m exhausted and was actually about to turn on some mindfulness in effort to get some sleep lol

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    1. Mindfump

      Well that would not be good. In Austria if you don’t look at someone when you say cheers you get 7 years bad sex, so you could come to Austria and avoid eye contact and your luck is guaranteed to change.

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  2. TradeRoutz livingStyle

    I found, through intensive searching, that we are all consciousness, and who we take ourselves to be, isn’t true. Knowing this now, for a while really, I find I’m much less reactive, or interested in what my mind has to say about either me, or any given situation. The mind cannot be trusted, is forever changing, will tell you that you look good today, and tomorrow, will tell you that you look crap. The more I ignore the mind, the easier it is to navigate this mental Illness. Sounds strange I’m sure, but think about it. And your mind will tell you that this can’t be true. However, I can prove that it is true. Xxx😁😁 oh God, I’ve written a bloody essay. Sorry! Great post. ❤️

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  3. Paul Sunstone

    I’m somewhat undecided about the value of introspection, but leaning towards considering it of lesser, rather than greater, value. I used to do a lot of it, and while I did learn somethings, I’m not sure how reliable they were.

    To take an example: I might introspect to discover that I have quite kind feelings towards a lot of people, and therefore conclude I’m a kind person. But I’ve found that can be misleading. It is far better, I think, to try to observe my behavior towards people — and their reaction to it — to see if I do in fact treat them with kindness. So I’m not sure how valuable introspection actually is.

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    1. Mindfump

      I can see where you coming from but I don’t think the two things you described are mutually exclusive. I think you can do both, plus I think like anything in life, it is about how well you do something. If introspection is done badly it will yield unfancied results. Either way as long as people are happy it doesn’t really matter haha

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  4. Working on wiser

    I completely relate to this post, and I’ve come to the same conclusions. The more we understand ourselves the more we can understand others. The more we understand others the more accepting we can be. The more we accept the more we love. It may be idealistic, but isn’t that what it’s all about.

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  5. Audrey Jones

    I feel that introspection is like a double-edged sword; in some ways it is crucial to finding empathy with ourselves and to help understand others. But it can be all-consuming at times, and particularly for those who suffer from anxiety/periods of depression (like myself), it can lock you into spirals of negative thinking. Sometimes when you are able to step back completely it can provide a breath of fresh air and a clearer mind.

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    1. Mindfump

      It can be cruel to look inward but I suppose I’m not talking about the inner voice, the critic but the more conscious YOU version which can analyse things properly. Touching on perspective, I think it is just as important. Love myself a bit of perspective.

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  6. humblepie8

    This was so insightful and I really identified! I loved what you said: ‘We like to think of ourselves as very individual but in reality we are all largely the same with slight degrees of difference.’ – it’s quite a humbling thought to me, because I often feel blocked off from the ‘real world’ by how introspective/inward looking I am but it’s lovely to know that this too can be a point of connecting 😀

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