Identifying Developmental Needs
Interpersonal Relations for Helping Professions
July 5, 2018
Each of us live our lives based off our experiences and personal interpretations of them. Even when we live through the same experience, we don’t interpret it the same and therefore walk away with different perspectives on what happened. Self-awareness is not a skill that we are born with. It is something that we all must learn as we grow and develop throughout our lifetimes. Some of us are fortunate enough to have guidance early in life that helps us develop this skill early. Others are not so lucky and must put in extra effort and work hard at learning this on are own.
I believe that life is a learning experience and being able to recognize our own strengths and weaknesses can help us become better individuals and the best versions of ourselves. With this, we can become and do anything we choose to do, whether it is positive abilities that can help achieve our goals or negative personal areas that need improvement.
We are constantly learning every day and each experience is an opportunity for learning and growth. We all have strengths and things that we are good at. Some we recognize and others we do not. At the same time, we all have areas of our personalities and characters that we could or would like to improve on. At times, it can take a little self-reflection to learn to acknowledge these areas for growth.
For me, I have pinpointed three specific areas that I feel I should focus on for my personal development needs:
1. I catch myself struggling with my reacting behaviors to negative events, and ways of speaking.
2. I catch myself struggling with being a perfectionist.
3. I struggle with engaging in negative gossip at work.
For the first development need, reacting behaviors, this causes me a lot of grief and frustration when I am communicating with co-workers and loved ones. They don’t know what my thought process is, so...