Develop deeper awareness and appreciation for the treasure called by your name.
The human mind is very much like a ship where the sailors have mutinied and have locked the captain and the navigator in the cabin. Each sailor believes himself free to steer the ship as he pleases. First one sailor and then another takes over the helm, while the ship travels on a random and erratic course…these sailors cannot agree on a goal and, even if they could, they do not know how to navigate the ship to reach it. The task of the individual is to quell this mutiny and release the navigator and captain. Only then is he free to choose a goal and steer a direct course to reach it.
(From Plato's Republic)
About "Parts" of Self
This exercise provides a new view of your own complexity, along with ways to gain new understanding of others. It suggests ways to find more harmony both within yourself and relationships. And it offers humor, a language and a new vocabulary.
Each one of us has many parts of self - different sides or facets to our nature, personality, or ways of reacting and expressing ourselves.
You can imagine these parts as different facets of a diamond catching the sun or a hologram. Each is highlighted or surfaced by certain conditions, while otherwise hidden from view.
For example, some parts may be more likely to surface when we are rested or fatigued, celebrating or grieving, with a small group of people or a large group, when we feel safe to be vulnerable, when we feel threatened or afraid, at work or home, with a peer, subordinate or superior.
There are many ways to think of these "parts." As you prepare to identify some of your own unique "parts," it's helpful to consider:
Social Roles - the way you behave with parents, significant others, children, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
Moods - When you feel childish, fun-loving, sad, anxious, depressed, serious, optimistic, suspicious, etc.
Traits - Times you are courageous, intelligent, hardworking, generous, demanding, etc.
Attitudes - When you view the world or others from different perspectives - liberal, conservative, judgmental, tolerant, skeptical, etc.
Talents - When you are being creative, imaginative, athletic, artistic, mechanical, etc.
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