Introspection 2: I Am Me, But This Changed Me

Your second introspection will be titled: Me is Me, but This Changed Me.

Much like the first, this introspection addresses YOU, but now from the standpoint of a single event that has changed who you are — the single event may be anything that lasted a moment, a week, a year, or a lifetime — it may be a friend, an enemy, a graduation, a birth, a divorce, a speeding ticket, a tragedy, a celebration, a vacation, etc. — it may have taken place at work, school, home, inside, outside, alone, in a group, etc. The point is that this event changed you in some way.

You’ll write this introspection much the same way as you write the first, but in this present case, you may write about who you were before the event, who you were during the event, and who you were after the event. Discuss the change about yourself using psychology. In a simple sense, psychology is the science that studies affects, behaviors, cognitions, and perceptions. How has this event changed you from a psychological perspective?

Remember, do not describe yourself physically. For example, try something like: “I am a more emphatic person because…”, “I have been an extroverted person until…”, or “I am now a nervous person because…”.

Again, you will be using what Wilhelm Wundt, father of psychology, called introspection. Introspection is the first method used in the science of psychology. It is simply defined as, “looking inward”. What effect did this have on you when you look inward?

Another perspective may be from Sigmund Freud. Freud used psychoanalytic techniques such as dream analysis and humor interpretation to look inward and define who we are and how we change from exposure to our environment.

Yet another perspective is that of William James, the father of American psychology. He developed the view of psychology called functionalism which is concerned with measuring what humans “do”. What do you do now due to this event? Who are you now?

Any of these perspectives can be used for introspection, you may also write it in any form you choose. A letter, a poem, a formal or informal essay, that is up to you.

Do NOT use jargon! Write the introspection in your own words, using your own language. The main point of these introspections is for you to learn more about yourself by using this exercise. This exercise is about you, for you.