Monday, December 14, 2009


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But, Observations Are Important for Improvements

(This is the third post on "self-concept". It's in continuation of my last two posts on the topic. So, please read the first two previous posts before you start reading this one).

Say, you are walking in an art gallery and all the paintings on the walls are placed meticulously. Then, suddenly, you observe that one beautiful painting is not looking all that impressive. This observation triggers a question why? And you start looking out for an answer, a reason. You observe more, study the painting and also the display of painting with keen eyes. It takes perhaps a few seconds to realize that the painting is tilted on one side. It is not hung symmetrically on the wall. Now, you may like to bring it to the attention of the administrative staff of the art gallery who will fix it up properly. The same painting looks better now, It is more impressive. An overall improvement in the display of paintings was brought about by your observations.

The same thing happens to you when you tend to observe yourself. For example, while clipping your nails on your fingers, you notice that the color of the nails is not the usual pink but it has turned rather on the white side. You mull over it and suspect depletion of hemoglobin in your body and then you recall another of your observation that lately you had not been feeling all that smart; you get tired pretty fast. These two observations, then, lead you to consult your physician who orders a blood test on you and confirms that the iron content in your blood has gone below the count required for a healthy person. Your doctor administers an appropriate treatment on you to make you a healthy person again. Here again, the observations were responsible for bringing about the desired improvement.

Now, experiencing such benefits of observations, you learn to observe more and your observation skill becomes sharper. You are able to find out many aspects of your behavior which you had never bothered to look at earlier. For instance, you figure out that your short tempered behavior often upsets the rest of family members and the environment at home often becomes hostile. You wish to change it, you wish to bring about an improvement and make the atmosphere at home more friendly. Due to your introspection (observation) of yourself, you now know the reason. So, you decide to work on your short temperedness and soon get over it. Home environment starts flourishing.

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