Written by Andrew Staffier, LCSW at Pace Counseling Group
One of the many ideas that I promote within my practice is the notion of Personal Growth through self-awareness. Understanding oneself is an idea that is centuries old, however is not taught or practiced in grade schools or at the university level. Once we learn to master our “self” through understanding our thoughts and emotions, we will begin to tap into our true potential.
In my practice, I urge ALL of my clients to self reflect in & outside our sessions, ultimately with the goal of growth in 4 key areas:
- Self Awareness
- Self Management
- Social Awareness
- Social Management
The key to positive interpersonal relationships (dating, marriage, friendships), lies in understanding and managing the 4 aspects of “self”. This process starts with “self awareness”, which is defined as the ability to focus on yourself, physically, mentally and emotionally, and consists of the following:
- Knowing your background, or “your story” & how it shapes you.
- Living without regret. Making peace with the things that have happened in your past will help you be in tune with yourself in the present moment.
- Examining past relationships. ALL OF THEM!!!
- Understanding your personal SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) and how these impact you.
This is only a few of the first steps to a stronger self. As you begin to uncover a deeper understanding of yourself, you will begin to master the other 4 key areas of your life, and in turn, lead a happier and more fulfilled existence.
If you are seeking a better understanding of yourself, are struggling with depression, anxiety or relationship issues, or find yourself “stuck”, consider learning more about yourself.
Contact me today for more information and free initial consultation.