Self Analysis: What it is and Why is it so Important?

What is self analysis?

Self analysis is an exercise in introspection, self-evaluation and self-reflection that will allow you to achieve a more precise knowledge of yourself, of your knowledge, capacities, abilities and skills. It is an investigation and study of oneself that uses deep introspection and whose purpose is to reach the contents and conflicts that are not connected to consciousness. This analysis is done without the participation of a third party. Therefore it does not exist the figure of the transference, not at least transference outside oneself. In therapy, the transfer of old feelings, conflicts and repressed expectations is made to the therapist through the bond that is created with him.

The distinguishing characteristics of the mind are of a subjective sort; we know them only from the contents of our own consciousness. Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt

In order to use the technique of self analysis, it is necessary to know how the psychodynamics of our mind works and how our personality is structured. That is, how our psychic energy is organized and the way in which our behavior is transformed and expressed.

Self analysis uses psychoanalytic techniques such as free association, dream interpretation, investigation of memories, symptoms, etc. It is much more than a deep self-observation. It is a research technique with which we can reconfigure our mind and this is the power that we have at our disposal with this self-reflective method.

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Purpose of Self analysis:

The purpose of self analysis is mainly to identify from the knowledge of your experience, training, skills and competencies what you want to do with your life, the sector and the hierarchical level you want to target as well as the professional and work development goals that you want to fix in the medium and long term. The main purpose of self-analysis is to:

  1. Identify your knowledge
  2. Recognize your capabilities
  3. Know your skills

Principles of Self analysis:

  1. Honesty with yourself
  2. Accuracy and clarity

How can we do a self analysis?

In the first place, to do a self-analysis we must acquire knowledge of how our psychic system is structured and works and how libido evolves in the different stages of our psychosexual development. In this way, we will have the necessary information to know how to approach our introspection.

Self Analysis, Introspection
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Knowledge is the cornerstone of self-analysis. To place the problems within our evolution, it is necessary to make a personal history as exhaustive as possible. All these data will help us understand the relationship between the repressed conflicts of the past and the internal confrontations of the present.

The technique of self-analysis requires knowing the methods of psychoanalysis and psychodynamics to know how to handle the resistance that may appear during the introspection process and proceed correctly with the internal unfolding process. This division is necessary so that we can project onto ourselves, in the part that we have invested as an antagonist, the repressed components in order to be able to objectify them at first and then analyze them. We become observers of our own internal processes without the need to transfer them abroad, and we become actors in our psychic reprogramming, achieving authentic emotional self-management. Here’re The 10 Steps to Learn to Love Yourself.

When to start a self-analysis?

Self-analysis is a technique that teaches us how our mind works and how to deactivate dysfunctional processes in our psychic system. Therefore it is essential if we want to live a life free of disorders and somatizations and we want to achieve success and fulfillment in our life. The best time to start a self-analysis is when you have enough motivation to start a process of deep introspection; it requires commitment and perseverance with yourself.

The constant suffering prevents having a full life or reaching long-awaited goals and can be eliminated through the understanding of the emotions that have been repressed in the deepest part of our psyche. Self-analysis is a path to self-understanding of your internal processes that gives you freedom and independence and transforms you into a much more efficient person by having much more psychic energy available.

This process of metamorphosis that you are going to experience through self-analysis will allow you to become what you want to be. Having overcome all your own limitations, and accessing your talents, having freed yourself from the internal obstacles that were a structural part of your psychic system.

The sooner you start to get to know yourself, the sooner happiness will start to depend on you.

All human beings have strengths and weaknesses. The true knowledge of these strengths and weaknesses of your personality requires a deep observation of your relationships with others, your experiences, your attitudes and reactions to various situations, habits and customs.

Strengths are the positive aspects of your personality that increase the effectiveness and efficiency in the performance of your duties in the workplace. On the other hand, the weaknesses are the aspects to improve that place you in a disadvantageous position compared to other candidates and could have a negative impact on your professional career. Here’s Why Self reflection is so Important?

Steps for the exercise of identifying strengths and weaknesses:

The first step: Consists of doing a self-assessment of some of the most common attitudes, skills and habits that are decisive for good adaptation to the world of work.

The second step: The exercise is to contextualize them previously in your previous and current work experiences.

The third step: consists of identifying your strengths and your weaknesses, based on the review you made of your attitudes, skills and habits.

It is important that before continuing with the self-analysis process it is clear what job competencies are; they are a set of knowledge, qualities, skills that a person possesses and that applied to the world of work, allow you to successfully carry out a certain activity.

Characteristics and the main scope of labor competencies:

  • They differentiate talented professionals.
  • They are key to efficient performance in a given position.
  • Also, they are reflected in easily identifiable behaviors within the context of a specific job.
  • They come from the exercise of applying knowledge in critical circumstances.

Identification of competencies:

To identify your work competencies, rate from 1 to 5 the level you consider to have in each one. When you do the qualification, you will be able to more easily identify your professional strengths. After identification your professional strengths, it will be easier for you to analyze them and further improve them for outstanding results.

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5 Responses

  1. Michele Lee says:

    It is important to know oneself. Excellent tips for achieving that.

  2. This was an awesome post! Thank you so much! Very informative 😉

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