Introspection: Journey to the Heart of the Self
Introduction: What is introspection?
Introspection, a term whose origin dates back to the nineteenth century, is that mental process which invites us to take a conscious look at our thoughts, feelings and motivations (Lalande, 1926). It’s not a new concept, yet how many of us actually take the time to look inside ourselves to understand what drives us? In these times when performance at work is often the focus, let’s not forget the importance of introspection for our well-being and our effectiveness. Introspection is a real Journey to the Heart of the Self. And is there anyone other than ourselves who can discover us? In all transparency, in all honesty, without detours or lies.
1. The importance of introspection in the world of work
Introspection can be a powerful tool in professional life. Through genuine introspection, we can understand what really motivates us, so that we can better direct our efforts towards the goals that are important to us. It has been shown that this approach promotes not only personal fulfilment, but also performance at work (Amado, 2018).
In addition, introspection also makes us aware of our own limits, which can help prevent psychosocial risks. By knowing our needs and expectations better, but also our limits, we are better equipped to face the challenges of the world of work (Dejours, 1993).
2. How to practise introspection?
Practising introspection requires a substantial effort. It’s a process that requires a certain openness of mind and a willingness to face up to your inner truths. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your introspective journey:
Take the time: introspection is not something you can do in a hurry. You need to take your time, and put yourself in a calm environment conducive to reflection (Desclaux, 2016).
Be honest with yourself: introspection requires great honesty with yourself. It’s not about judging ourselves, but about facing up to our internal realities, even the uncomfortable ones.
Use tools: there are tools that can facilitate introspection, such as meditation, journaling and certain cognitive-behavioural therapies (Cungi, 2007).
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Conclusion: The courage of introspection
Introspection is a courageous journey towards self-knowledge. It can be an uncomfortable journey, but it is a deeply rewarding one. It’s an invitation to take the time out of our hectic professional lives to listen to ourselves, to understand ourselves and to respect ourselves. So let’s not wait any longer, let’s set off on a journey of self-discovery.
- Amado, G. (2018). Les motivations au travail. Dunod.
- Cungi, C. (2007). Savoir s’affirmer en toutes circonstances. Retz.
- Dejours, C. (1993). Travail usure mentale: essai de psychopathologie du travail. Bayard.
- Desclaux, F. (2016). Le temps, ressource essentielle et paradoxale du manager. Éditions EMS.
- Lalande, A. (1926). Vocabulaire technique et critique de la philosophie. PUF.