Professional Development

15 - Self-awareness I
Self-awareness is the ability to understand your feelings and to use this intuitive sense to make decisions that will enable you to lead a happy life. There is a phrase that is perfectly fit for this context: "making decisions is not difficult, it is very easy; what is difficult is to live with the decisions you have made." That is, people make decisions that have consequences, and they have to live with the consequences generated by their own decisions. That is where the problem is born. There are times we are not aware, but our unconscious is very aware and, as a result, when we have to make decisions, we somehow find ourselves devastated from the emotional impact of what we intuitively think may be the consequences.Self-awareness is essential for psychological clearsightedness. To be aware of yourself involves practicing what Viktor Frankl says in his book, Man's search for meaning, which is: "a person is capable of thinking about his own thinking processes." Since we are capable of doing this, exercising self-awareness is to think about our own person. Some people are naturally tuned in with the symbolism of the emotional mind; others can easily deal with metaphors and similes, while there are also people who feel totally at ease with poetry, music or fables. All these languages and areas are closer to what we have poetically chosen to call the "language of the heart" (which also includes dreams and myths). A good emotional intelligence management tool is imagination, the capacity to create alternative spaces and distinct images in our mind. This internal tuning is associated with the discerning capability of our unconscious to tune in with the meaning of dreams, fantasies and symbols, which represent our deepest desires. In short, it is the ability to consciously and unconsciously gradually identify our desires, aspirations, fears and joys, that which brings us happiness; in other words, become aware of oneself.