The importance of Self-Analysis
Self-analysis is an essential aspect of personality development. It is necessary to know yourself—who you are, your strengths and weaknesses, your ambitions, and how you want to go about achieving them. Techniques such as personal swot analysis will guide you through various stages in your life, helping you continue to align your decisions in line with your capabilities and strengths.
Learning about yourself through Self-Analysis
There are simple ways in which you can conduct a self-analysis exercise on your own. Let us take a look at a few of them.
- RECOGNIZE YOUR VALUES
Your values are your underlying beliefs that guide or motivate your attitudes and actions. Your values are what help you decide between right and wrong. Values are important but how you decide what is important and what is not . If you believe accruing wealth is important, then how you go about gaining wealth will be based on your values. Watch how you make your choices. Check for inconsistencies between what you tell you value and what you do. This exercise helps you develop integrity and honesty.
- IDENTIFY YOUR TALENTS AND AREAS OF INTEREST
All of us have talents, ranging from the ordinary to the special. It is usually in these talents and areas of interest where our greatest potentials lie. They can be a source of financial earnings or be a source of self-confidence and self-esteem. An excellent tool to identify your talents and align them to your choices is the SWOT analysis. It helps you analyze your strengths and weaknesses and spot opportunities that align with your strengths. A career in business development if you enjoy meeting people; or a data analyst, good with numbers. Identifying your weaknesses can help you set goals to overcome them. You will also recognize threats that are an outcome of your weaknesses and threats not entirely within your control that you need to be careful about.
- THE PEOPLE YOU SPEND TIME WITH
People you like to spend time with generally have the same beliefs, values, likes, and dislikes as you do. By recognizing the people—you prefer to associate with—you will get a fair idea of your nature and character make-up. Analyze the kind of people with whom you seem to get along with. There is usually a fund of knowledge about yourself hidden in the people who prefer to be with you.
- THINGS YOU HATE
It may not seem obvious, but we can learn a lot from the things we hate or dislike. For example, we tend to be uncomfortable with people with personality traits similar to ours but traits that we dislike. They remind us of our struggles. On the contrary, we usually have values very different from those we don’t like. Analyzing why you hate or dislike someone can lead to some surprising revelations about yourself.
- ASK YOURSELF, WHY?
Very often, to rid yourself of weaknesses, you have to get to the root of the matter. You can identify the real reason by consistently answering the question: why. It is a way of identifying the more profound dispositions and why you behave in a certain way. State a particular trait that you seem to possess, then ask yourself: why? Answer it, and continue to question it until you reach the depths of a real reason.
A Final Word
There are several techniques and models available on the web that offer you a professional approach to self-analysis. To fully gain the benefits, you can also take up a personality development course or subscribe to various online courses. For self-analysis to be practical, you must be true to yourself about identifying your values, interests, personality type, and aptitude. Disregarding or not being entirely honest about any of them will fail to give you a sufficiently accurate answer.