“To thine own self be true.” (Shakespeare) “The truth will set you free.” (The Bible.) “Be yourself.” (Your mother.)
You have heard, but have you heeded?
Insight is about knowing who you are and acting in accordance with your natural inclinations and abilities. Insight improves the situation because when you see and accept who you are, it clears up symptoms. Depression and anxiety abate. You can make decisions with less procrastination. When you know what suits your unique constitution and how to best work with your own capacities, you can go far. You can be creative.
Some people maintain grandiose delusions and distortions about themselves. They suffer from a lack of insight. If one’s skills or talents are not in sync with one’s inflated self-image, a hard fall may follow. It is best to develop true abilities that secure the future rather than relying upon false beliefs that assuage in the moment.
True Selves are usually happier than False Selves.
Insight helps you know how to choose a suitable partner, friend, career, pastime or pursuit. If you are on the right track with self-knowledge and life choices, not only will you feel better, you will be a finer companion, friend, family or community member and commuter. You will feel effective.
Psychotherapy helps you achieve insight but if time and money prohibit this, here are ten tips you can practice on your own.
Just be truthful with yourself about your inner responses, even if they make you squirm. Honor them, wonder about them and let them be there without judging. Write about them. Curiosity about psychological discomfort leads to positive change.
Ten Tips for Achieving Insight: