You've probably heard it a lot at school: self-reflecting. It's quite common that that's the first time you really have to reflect, dedicating some time to think about your life and your purpose. Because that's what self-reflecting is. And without realizing it, you probably do this more often than you think.
“Why did I say that?”“How come I was late?”"At which point during my presentation did I stop being nervous?”
Questions you ask yourself often. And when you ask yourself those questions, that's when you are self-reflecting. Self-reflecting is nothing more than a way of observing yourself. It's looking back on what you experienced and the feelings and thoughts you had then. Reflecting on how you acted in a specific situation, with the intention to improve yourself.
Fred Korthagen, who is a researcher in the field of self-reflection for over 20 years, created a model that is a great foundation for self-reflection. He's written several books about the subject.
His self-reflection model consists of five phases:
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