As we navigate our lives, we often devote significant energy to understanding others and maintaining relationships. Yet, how often do we invest that same attention towards understanding the most fundamental person in our lives - ourselves?
This project is about ‘Self-understanding’ the concept that includes and is adjacent to self-reflection, awareness, self-care and discovery. This topic is important because 'How we view ourselves' drastically impacts how we interact with the world around us. And it forms the foundation for all other relationships. Moreover, self-love and respect set the standard for how we allow others to treat us, boosting our overall well-being and life satisfaction. It's about growing into our best selves and living our most authentic lives. We spend most of our time and effort to understand and build positive relationship with others. However, We don’t do the same for ourselves.
In order to understand people's situations in more detail, I conducted an hour-long in-depth interview with a total of 10 people and most people have difficulties understanding themselves, building and establishing positive relationships and interactions with themselves. Only one out of 10 people is shown to be forming a solid and positive self-relationship. This result is also proven by one of the most recognised studies in this domain. In a series of research with more than five thousand participants, the team found that 95% of people think they’re self-aware, but only 10-15% truly are.