Self Development Exercise One: Self Perception

  1. List as many positive things as you can with regards to your personality.

  2. List as many positive things as you can with regards to your physical self.

  3. What do you consider to be your strengths in the following categories?

    1. Mental

    2. Emotional

    3. Physical

  4. What do you consider to be your weaknesses in these categories?

  5. List as many negative things as you can with regards to your personality.

  6. List as many negative things as you can with regards to your physical self.

This exercise is essentially designed to take a first glance at what a person thinks about themselves overall. Although primarily it focuses on strengths and weaknesses, this process also requires a student to consider their traits in a highly subjective light, providing insight not only into the nature of their strengths and weaknesses, but also into aspects such as self-esteem, which can be observed by looking at the answers to such questions. Inevitably, a person of low self-esteem might have a higher number of perceived negative traits than positive ones. If they cannot think of a good-sized list, likely they either have self-esteem issues (restraining themselves through modesty or a wish to be less self-critical) or are in need of some assistance with regards to the exercise, since their self-understanding is clearly not very well developed. Generally speaking, this tends to occur more with younger students that are still trying to assert themselves as an individual.