Many of you might wonder why we think the topic of 'knowing yourself' is such an important one. All these self-assessment tests are fun, but what to do with the information? Do we really need more labels that put us in a box? Does my identity really come down to a bunch of letters, numbers, and systems?
Here is the thing, self-development tests are not about labeling or putting ourselves in a box. They are actually about freeing us from the box we put ourselves in!
The box of not fitting in, feeling out of place, or whatever we tell ourselves when we are faced with the world.
Self-development tests can give us the language to come home to ourselves. They can validate thoughts and emotions we've always had. They help us accept parts of ourselves that we usually hide away from the world and sometimes even from ourselves.
These labels are like puzzle pieces that can lead us to our authentic selves. Every piece will instill in us a new knowing that will get prompted whenever we interact with the world. All of a sudden, we have a reference point – Instead of our inner dialogue making us feel bad about ourselves, we can switch into self-acceptance. This brings immense self-compassion into our lives!
Also, we don't need to attach ourselves to the labels or even use them. We can simply share how we experience the world around us instead of mentioning the label itself.
Let us know how you experience self-assessment labels and how you view them in terms of connecting with / knowing yourself and others.