Our Puzzling Psyche

“My friend, care for your psyche. Know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves”     -Socrates

psycheThe totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious, our psyche is ourselves. It puzzles us, surprises us, and makes us wonder. It is why you are who you are.

Think about it: Have you ever wondered why you became angry over something that seemed so small?[1] Have you ever wondered why you may have made an out-of-character decision?1 Why you shied away from an amazing opportunity?1 Fell in love with someone who you now wouldn’t give a second look to?1

Your psyche is complex. If you surprise yourself with such decisions every now and then, it is a sign of being attuned to the complexity.1 It is important to acknowledge that you are not a unitary and consolidated person.1 You are diverse, divided, and constantly growing and learning.1

At times, it can be painful to be aware of our divided selves—mostly when we exhibit traits that we do not think of as admirable.1 For example, you are an intelligent person; however, there have been times where you have made some less-than-bright decisions.1 Are you able to own those decisions or blame it on others?1 (Example: “You made me do it.”1)

Here’s another example: you are an open-minded individual.1 Still, at times you are absolutely sure about a topic and dismiss all other perspectives as uncertain.1 Are you able to recognize your rigidity or do you blame it on the ignorance of others?1

There is no relationship as important as the one you have with yourself.1 Therefore, when you deny your actions and suppress your emotions, there will be times when they suddenly burst out, unexpectedly.1 You can make yourself believe that your motives were pure, even when they are quite the opposite.1 Doing this conceals the real reason behind it all.1 There is always a reason, and if you look hard enough, you will find it.1

Continuing to face the mystery of your psyche is frightening, but it comes with great benefits.1 What remains unconscious will haunt you and pull you into a repetitive cycle of compulsion, actions, arguments, and pursuits that just don’t work out well.1

Instead, open your mind and take a good look.1 It will change how you think, what you do, and who you are.1 It not only benefits you but those around you, as well.1

[1] Sapadin, L. (2014). The Mystery of Your Own Psyche. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/01/19/the-mystery-of-your-own-psyche/

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