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Why understanding yourself as an introvert is important
Episode 2801st November 2022 • The Traveling Introvert • The Career Introvert
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Hello and welcome to the the Travelling introvert going to

talk about self understanding and the reason this has come up is because

there's a common thread throughout of the questions that you see online or

through things that my clients ask me and a lot of it comes down to self

understanding. And so I want to talk about why self understanding is important.

Self understanding is the ability to understand who you are, what you want to

do and what you need to be able to do that. It's the ability to understand your

personality, how your mind works, how your body works and how your personality

and how it functions. It's examining understanding and comprehending your own

thoughts, feelings and motives along with figuring out how your body best works.


And you might think that this is a simple thing but the

truth is most people experience a lot of external pressure and outside

interference when growing up both at home and in society with families, when

you're at school, when you're at university and jobs. And this can sometimes

make you sort of deny yourself or try and fit yourself into a mould that you

think you're supposed to be in instead of trying to understand yourself better,

advocating for what you need and want and then going forth and getting that and

communicating that. Self understanding is so important for so many aspects of

your life. Not just your career, which is what I talk about the most, but

relationships in general and personal development. It is an integral part of

life because it helps you grow as a person and will be successful because you

understand yourself better.



And there are many benefits to understanding yourself

better, including improved decision making skills. When you understand how you

work and your own thoughts and feelings, you therefore can make better

decisions because you're going to be more rational and thoughtful about what

you do, because you're less likely to make your emotions get in the way. And of

course understanding yourself better equals greater self awareness goes without

saying. By understanding your own thoughts and motives you will also become

more aware of your own strengths and weaknesses which guides you and allows you

to work on improving yourself in those areas. Then there's improved

relationships.



When you understand yourself better you will find that

you'll be able to relate to others better, you'll be able to communicate more

effectively and understand where others are coming from. And this in turn will

lead to more robust and meaningful relationships with people you actually want

to have a relationship with rather than just having people in your life that

don't support and help you when needed. And because of this, studies have shown

that people who understand themselves better tend to be happier in the long run

than those who don't. And this there's no clearcut reason why, but it might be

because they accept themselves for who they are and aren't as hard on

themselves when making mistakes or different decisions. Overall, the deeper

understanding you have about your needs and your body and the way your mind

works will lead to better stress management.



People who understand themselves better are better at

managing stress, and this is because they know their triggers and then know how

to deal with their emotions in a healthy manner. So there are many ways to

improve your understanding of self. One thing you could do is try keeping a

journal where you can write about your thoughts and feelings. Make sure you

review your journal. Reading your entries will then help you identify patterns

about your behaviour to learn more about what makes you tick.



Additionally, spending time with those close friends and

family members can be helpful because they can give you feedback. Talking to

others about your thoughts and feelings can help you gain new perspectives and

learn more about yourself. So no matter what method you use, increasing your

self understanding is really important in living a happy and fulfilling life.

When you know yourself better, you can advocate for yourself and make choices

that are right for you to achieve the goals that are important to you and lead

the life that you want to live. Thank you for listening.



This is Janice@thecareerintrovert.com helping you build your brand and get hired. Have a great rest of your week.



Transcripts

Hello and welcome to the the Travelling introvert going to talk about self understanding and the reason this has come up is because there's a common thread throughout of the questions that you see online or through things that my clients ask me and a lot of it comes down to self understanding. And so I want to talk about why self understanding is important. Self understanding is the ability to understand who you are, what you want to do and what you need to be able to do that. It's the ability to understand your personality, how your mind works, how your body works and how your personality and how it functions. It's examining understanding and comprehending your own thoughts, feelings and motives along with figuring out how your body best works.

And you might think that this is a simple thing but the truth is most people experience a lot of external pressure and outside interference when growing up both at home and in society with families, when you're at school, when you're at university and jobs. And this can sometimes make you sort of deny yourself or try and fit yourself into a mould that you think you're supposed to be in instead of trying to understand yourself better, advocating for what you need and want and then going forth and getting that and communicating that. Self understanding is so important for so many aspects of your life. Not just your career, which is what I talk about the most, but relationships in general and personal development. It is an integral part of life because it helps you grow as a person and will be successful because you understand yourself better.

And there are many benefits to understanding yourself better, including improved decision making skills. When you understand how you work and your own thoughts and feelings, you therefore can make better decisions because you're going to be more rational and thoughtful about what you do, because you're less likely to make your emotions get in the way. And of course understanding yourself better equals greater self awareness goes without saying. By understanding your own thoughts and motives you will also become more aware of your own strengths and weaknesses which guides you and allows you to work on improving yourself in those areas. Then there's improved relationships.

When you understand yourself better you will find that you'll be able to relate to others better, you'll be able to communicate more effectively and understand where others are coming from. And this in turn will lead to more robust and meaningful relationships with people you actually want to have a relationship with rather than just having people in your life that don't support and help you when needed. And because of this, studies have shown that people who understand themselves better tend to be happier in the long run than those who don't. And this there's no clearcut reason why, but it might be because they accept themselves for who they are and aren't as hard on themselves when making mistakes or different decisions. Overall, the deeper understanding you have about your needs and your body and the way your mind works will lead to better stress management.

People who understand themselves better are better at managing stress, and this is because they know their triggers and then know how to deal with their emotions in a healthy manner. So there are many ways to improve your understanding of self. One thing you could do is try keeping a journal where you can write about your thoughts and feelings. Make sure you review your journal. Reading your entries will then help you identify patterns about your behaviour to learn more about what makes you tick.

Additionally, spending time with those close friends and family members can be helpful because they can give you feedback. Talking to others about your thoughts and feelings can help you gain new perspectives and learn more about yourself. So no matter what method you use, increasing your self understanding is really important in living a happy and fulfilling life. When you know yourself better, you can advocate for yourself and make choices that are right for you to achieve the goals that are important to you and lead the life that you want to live. Thank you for listening.

This is Janice@thecareerintrovert.com helping you build your brand and get hired. Have a great rest of your week.

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