This is a question that I have been asking myself for quite a while now; when you look in the mirror you may say that you are a great person for the population surrounding you but, how sure are you of this? There are many reasons why you should ask this question to yourself from time to time however in my eyes, the most important reason to ask this question would be to make sure that you are a good as well as respectful person. This questions needs to be broken down into the different meaning that it has and can have for different types of people.
This isn’t a psychological game or test but something that can change you as a person for the better.
If you meet yourself would you respect yourself?
There are many sides to respect but in general as you would show respect towards a person that you have just meet and like them for their traits as well as things you have in common with them. However, the first question that should be asked here is if you respect yourself. What I mean by this is:
· Do you have self-respect?
· Do you put other people before you?
· How important is respect to you?
The reason for having those question because of the numerous types of personalities out there, people define respect in many different ways and by answering those question you would get a better understanding. After you have defined respect we can get back to the question at hand, as suppose it is you that you are meeting, you will most definitely like yourself because it is you but, it is not right to show respect just because you like the person. It is true that for some personalities respect must be earned or gained but I think that this would consist more of a concept that represents different levels of respect.
Respect is the most important value that we have as human-beings, therefore we have level 1 which is associated with mutual respect. It does not matter who the person is, you must always show the same level of respect you are given by that person.
The second level is honoured respect. At this level you are offering respect to a person because of their values, what they have done to have achieved such honour or what that person means to you. The other person at hand will offer their respect for being appreciated.
The third and most hard to gain level of respect is loyal respect. At this level you gain the respect through the trust a person has put into you and the level emotions perceived by the other person. Usually this level of respect is shared with a special person with the only variable being the type of personality.
Even so, would you respect yourself? Maybe you have reached a point in life where you hate yourself for the person that you have become and you would be judgemental based on your physical appearance as well as mental state.
Would you act different from meeting another person?
As you are meeting yourself you already know everything there is to know and therefore it could be really awkward or very intriguing. It again depends very much on the type of person you are. If it would be me I would be fascinated by the fact that I would be able to ask all the questions that I do not have the answer to or do not have the simple courage to answer about some of the view-points I have on certain things. This meeting would not be just as if you would to talk with your self-consciences but, more as if you are meeting an exact clone of yourself, the more interesting thing would be that you would not be able to trick or lie to yourself.
On the other hand you can take a different approach based on the experience you want to get and what you want to gain from such an experience. You can try to pretend it is a complete stranger that you have never seen and you want to meet. Maybe you have lost the person you once were and such an experience would help you find your inner-self or the person you once where. You must assess the different question you would ask yourself when meeting yourself in comparison to the question you would ask when meeting a different person.
Most people when meeting someone they create these sort of expectation of how they would want the person to be or what you would like them to have in common. The best way to try to connect with a person is to find similarities in both life style and preferences. However, just because you are totally different it does not mean would should not or would not get along.
Would you encourage yourself?
The most important point should be this as through encouragement of the self you will be able to become a better person. The amount of limitations that hold us back from being better because of the way that we are being indoctrinated by society as well as culture is becoming unbearable. This change can hardly be made by someone as it has to come from our inner-self. We must accept that we all have different problems as do all people and we must respect them and accept them as they are.
I would not know how effective this could be as I tend to find encouragement from others more effective however, when it comes to major changes in life it must always come from you. Imagine this conversation as if you are talking to yourself in the mirror, motivating yourself that you can do whatever it is that you want to do and what makes you happy.
Usually introverted people underestimate themselves and as they are introverted it is difficult for them to get reassurance from others about their abilities as well as their potential therefore they need to believe themselves through motivating themselves that they have the ability to do what they want and most importantly the ability to become a better person.
More than an experience
If this where possible it would be more than a lesson for life, it is always about the mentality you use to approach the subject at hand. As humans it is in our natural instinct to judge a person based on many things, therefore we must learn that the first person we should judge in this life the most is ourselves before anyone else.