Self Development Exercise Four: Emotional Self-Awareness

  1. What do you see as being your ‘default’ emotional state?

  2. Do you think the Glass is half-empty or half-full? Why do you think so?

  3. Are you easily provoked? What things make you angry or irritated?

  4. Are you easily distracted?

  5. What sorts of things make you feel good?

  6. Do you consider yourself emotionally balanced or biased one way or the other (too angry/irritable, too happy/optimistic etc)?

  7. How easily does your mood change? Are you particularly responsive emotionally to external stimuli? Do you consider yourself whimsical or impetuous?

  8. How well do you react under pressure, or to stress?

  9. Do you like yourself? Are you comfortable with yourself? If not a definite ‘yes’ to either question (or both), list some of the things you do like about yourself, and some of the things you dislike about yourself. If a definite ‘yes’ (to either or both), why? If not, why not?

  10. What personality traits appeal to you? Do you possess any of these traits?

This aspect of self-realisation is probably the most important aspect early on, primarily due to the fact that the next step in a student’s training is being introduced to the emotional methodology that we apply as Jedi Realists. Lacking a good understanding of one’s own emotions inevitably means that there will be issues when it comes to obtaining and applying the methodology further down the line. Our ideology is very much based around the notion that one must both understand and be able to control their own emotions, allowing them to revert to the default state of serenity that is fundamental to the methodology we use.

Inevitably, at this stage, all students are expected to encounter difficulties – frankly, if they don’t, they’re either not thinking carefully enough about their own emotions, or they have the emotional outlook of a stone. Neither one is truly desirable, since emotions are a very vital part of our path – indeed, lacking emotions like compassion or hope, there is very little reason to be following the path in the first place. Thus, it is generally preferred that students be more emotional at this stage, since it gives them more to work on and, thus, a better chance of understanding the difference when they come to contrast how they are at the beginning of their training and how they are further down the line.

That said, a person that is emotionally extreme is likely not suitable material for the Jedi Path, since it is unlikely that they will be able to cope with the demands that both these exercises and the rest of the basic methodological training will have upon them. Many of the lessons learned can be considered rather harsh to begin with, and lacking the emotional maturity to persevere will essentially inhibit any student from progressing beyond this point.