Observing Your Life in the Third Person

by Janie J

Want to experience monumental personal growth without years on the therapist’s couch? Then spend quiet time each day reflecting on your daily interactions with others in the third person.

Pretend you’re a fly on the wall or an unbiased observer. How did that recent interaction with your family member or co-worker go? If it wasn’t the way you’d like, then it’s time for a third-party observation.

  • Were your words sincere and kind or marred with sarcasm or guilt? Could there have been a better way to get your point across?
  • How were your listening skills? Did you interrupt the other person before they finished their explanation? Or did you listen intently, putting yourself in their shoes before preparing a response?
  • What could you have done differently? What words would have been better left unsaid? How could you have been more loving and understanding?

The answers to these questions will give you guidance to use in future interactions so you can build an atmosphere of trust with this person versus feelings of disgust, ambivalence or hate.

You see, the power of positive relationships is within each of us already. We just need to tap into our third person persona and observe how it all takes place.  Then, accept our shortcomings as well as the other person’s and try again next time.

This is how we learn and grow. This is how we evolve. All that’s required is our best.

This is how God designed our lives as human beings.

This is yet another example of how we are all connected.

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