First, an introduction: I am a test developer and researcher for Queendom.com, an online mental health site that has been around since 1996. Aside from articles, polls, and an advice section, we are best -known for our tests – we assess everything from intelligence to personality, career aptitude, mental health, and attitudes/values.
We are major proponents of self-awareness. Why? Because many of us don’t realize who we really are. Most importantly, we don’t realize that we are all special, unique, and wonderfully complex individuals. Chances are that if someone were to ask you “Who are you?” you’d likely respond with some superficial facts about your job, your family, and where you’re from. As wonderfully interesting as that information is, it just barely scratches the surface of what encompasses the masterpiece that is you.
I know what some of you may be thinking already.
“I don’t know about this…do I really want to dig into the corners of my psyche and face whatever ‘issues’ I may have?”
Let’s get one thing straight. The point of this blog isn’t to dig into your childhood à la Freud. It isn’t to tell you that something is wrong with you, that you’re not normal. We are not going to conduct therapy sessions. The goal of this blog is to promote self-awareness. To offer life tips, things to ponder, practical, down-to-earth advice, and suggestions for coping with ups and downs that we all face. Sometimes I’ll be tackling more serious issues. Sometimes, I’ll be a little more lighthearted.
If a certain topic or piece of advice speaks to you, by all means use it, comment on it, or offer your own insights. If it doesn’t, set it aside. The goal here isn’t to “fix” you. It is to offer you the opportunity to explore who you are – and if you happen to have an “Aha!” moment, all-the-better.
So are you ready for an insightful journey? If so, join me next week on my discussion on Emotional Intelligence.