You will have heard of foresight and hindsight.
Yet have you heard of the word mindsight?
“Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds. It helps us to be aware of our mental processes without being swept away by them, enables us to get ourselves off the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses, and moves us beyond the reactive emotional loops we all have a tendency to get trapped in. It lets us “name and tame” the emotions we are experiencing, rather than being overwhelmed by them...
You can also think of mindsight as a very special lens that gives us the capacity to perceive the mind with greater clarity than ever before... And it allows us to reshape and redirect our inner experiences so that we have more freedom of choice in our everyday actions, more power to create the future, to become the author of our own story. Another way to put it is that mindsight is the basic skill that underlies everything we mean when we speak of having social and emotional intelligence.” (Siegal)
When is a good time for you to test out this form of ‘sight’?
Give it a whirl in a safe and supportive space, alone or with others.