We all know and use the Observing Self, even if it is unconsciously. It is the capacity human beings have to stand separate from their everyday existence. It is an essential aid to good therapy and is accessed when calm.
Listen to this Eighth Audio of the “Wellbeing” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/download to my audio: The Observing Self is a unique human gift
Read my Depression Help Blog post: The Observing Self is a unique human gift
1: Human Givens Organising Idea
Audio 2: Emotions not Thoughts
Audio 3: Flexibly webbed
Audio 4: Healing Emotions
Audio 5: Privacy and Depression
Audio 6: A life without Attention
Audio 7: Mental Health Stigma
Audio 8: The Observing Self
The Observing Self is a concept written about at length in a book by Arthur Deikman. Not that he would claim any originality for the concept – as it has been part of who we are since ancient times, recognised by wisdom traditions that go back millennia.
So what is the Observing self?
The Observing Self is that part of us that can step back from emotions and be aware of ourselves as a unique centre of awareness, apart from intellect, emotion and conditioning. This inner core of our being is the essence of ‘me’ that nobody else can access or take away. And the more we lower our emotional arousal the easier it becomes to enter our Observing Self, the wider the perspective we can see, and the easier it is to figure out how to overcome the obstacles we face. This capacity is the special human talent.