Who’s Thinking? Who’s Feeling? Who’s Reacting?

by | May 15, 2020

Who’s Thinking? Who’s Feeling? Who’s Reacting?
Even though your psyche appears to be one unified system in which “you” think all your thoughts and feel all your feelings, it’s not.

The mind is made up of many different parts, or “sub personalities.”

Self awareness begins with consciousness of these parts.

Without such awareness we’re a victim of our unconscious processes.

We proceed through the day thinking, feeling, believing, and acting without knowing which parts of ourself are in control.

We assume it’s us but it’s not.

Identifying which part of ourself is “talking” at a given time enables us to consciously process what’s happening instead of being led by unseen forces that can cause havoc.

Try this:

Close your eyes and take three slow, deep breaths and come into the present moment.

Identify a thought, feeling, or reaction that’s bothering you.

Instead of participating in it, step back and observe it from a distance.

Listen to the voice of your thoughts and watch yourself having the feeling or reaction.

Take time to experience it from this detached mindset. Be a silent witness of your inner life.

Then imagine/visualize “who” in you is thinking, feeling, or reacting.

Is it your mother, father, or other authority figure?

Your inner child?

A part that feels unseen, unheard, hurt, judged or rejected?

A part that feels oppressed and wants to go free?

A belief of your culture/society?

Your inner rebel?

Your inner wise woman/warrior?

A part that’s jealous of you? (Yup, you can have inner jealousy toward yourself!).

You might not be able to answer the question right away, and that’s okay, but with some patience and intuition you’ll be able to identify it.

Once you have a sense of which part you is in charge of your experience, there are various ways to process it.

Imagine further into the story behind it, and use this to raise your self awareness.

Dialogue with the part.

Playact it to get a felt sense of its character.

Express it in body movement to explore its physical energy.

You can even ask yourself, “What was this part before it became so obnoxious, and what made it this way?! : ) Imagine the answer…

Become aware of who’s thinking, feeling, and reacting in you!

Dr. Zwig
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