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Introspectivity is the attitude to do introspection. Both Wiktionary and Your Dictionary define Introspectivity as “The quality of being introspective”.

"Consolation" by Aurora Mazzoldi. Detail for Introspectivity - Understand Emotions
“Consolation”. Acrylic painting by Aurora Mazzoldi. Detail

We could also use the word “introspectiveness” (the state of being introspective).

If we want to understand emotions, we should make introspection. Sometimes, we think this is not important. And so few people worry about knowing how emotions work. Instead, we try to know much more about how our bodies work.

In fact, when we go to the doctor and he says we should treat the gall bladder, almost everyone knows what he means. Reading books, listening to other people or studying anatomy, many of us know what our internal organs are, how they work and what they are for. So, the doctor, or some other professional, who deals with promoting or recovering health, can detect our physical problems, advise us on what to do, or take action to keep us sound.

This regards our physical appearance.

 

Understand emotions

Is this also the case for our emotional aspect? Do we understand emotions? Do we notice how they work within us, which thoughts, intentions and expectations govern them, what stress they cause and how they influence our decisions?

How important is introspectivity to us? How much time did we spend in our lives informing about how our emotions act and what are the mechanisms which work within us?

Are we attempting to suppress instinct?

When we are born, instinct helps us adapt to life in the physical world. It makes us understand, when hungry, that it is time to eat and, when tired, that it is time to rest. It makes us move or rest, and it makes us do the movements to keep our muscles in shape; and it makes our body grow, without us having to do something. The less we do to correct this instinctive intelligence, the better. The less we learn from adults to behave in unnatural ways, the better.

Probably the same thing happens with our emotionality. Primitive men knew when to be afraid and when they could show joy or sadness. For the modern man, things are otherwise. Because of education we do not express our emotions, almost as if we were ashamed of them, and we adapt them to an environment that often judges and condemns them.

This way we neutralize the natural attempts to restore an emotional balance.

How to re-establish emotional self-regulation?

First, we need to know where we prevent it from acting. Somebody says we must dissolve emotional blocks. But to do this, we need to understand what are the mechanisms that create them. How can we dissolve them if the mechanisms that create them go on working undisturbed?

Aurora Mazzoldi’s paintings show many of these mechanisms. They help us understand how emotional blocks arise and provide us with the key to understanding and solving them.

Why should we practice introspection?

The understanding of the inner mechanisms helps to prevent them from choosing, in our place, how we should live. It is said that to live well, we should free ourselves from certain patterns.

But how can we become free from external patterns, while keeping the internal mechanisms intact, that are also patterns of behavior?

And how can we free ourselves from behavior patterns if we don’t understand how they work?

Introspectivity (introspectiveness) is the answer to these questions.

The book “The Power of Targeted Choices. 11 steps to better living.” explains how to practice introspection.

Luis Pisoni