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Psychology ‘Can we generalize our observations of inner states and put these observations into a language that applies to all people so that essentially the same therapeutic approach can be applied to all?' The internal states of an individual include the emotions, feelings, beliefs, attitudes desires, goals and standards which culminate into a person's personality. An individual's personality is an essential feature to how one relates to other members of the society. A person's inner states allow him or her to connect on a meaningful level with other members of the inaccurate. Through emotional constructs such as perspective and empathy, people can forge relationships and actively express their inner states by sharing their understanding of the world with each other. Personality indicates who or what a person wants to be. It is inclusive in a person's identity through self-image and understanding of oneself and how one conforms to social demands. Personality embodies an individuals' convictions, life plans, wants and his or her strengths and witnesses. Our inner life creates a corresponding outer life. Therefore all work on one's consciousness begins with self-observation. Identification of the bad states in a person's character and temperament is the first step undertaken to change one's attitude and events towards the outer life. Self-observation gives us insight into how we can separate ourselves from our bad states. Self-observation is difficult since an individual at a given point in time is likely to forget to observe oneself, aided by the lack of will, Poor concentration and the perception that we are the same with the events of our inner life. Self-observation requires a clear delineation of a person functionality whether emotional, intellectual, instinctive or movement. The conscious development allows one to develop self-control which enables him or her to experience emotions such as happiness and gain better self-knowledge rather than hinge such constructs on external events. Outer events influence a person's personality both positively and negatively, reactions to such events are mechanical, and thus self-observation is vital in separating one's inner state from this events. A person can observe various aspects of himself such as talking and traits such as laziness and anxiety. Upon observation, an individual should separate oneself from this issues and perceive solutions such as calm, peace, focus and hard work. Self-remembrance compliments self-observation as the aim of a person is to become a conscious being. Introspection refers to actual observation and description of one's consciousness. It's a thoughtful and cognitive approach to thinking and response to what an individual is currently experiencing.
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  • Fall '14
  • Dr. Bernard Mutuku Nzimbi
  • Psychology, mental states, internal mental states, Inner Mental States

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