Have you ever heard of the Mirror Self-Recognition Test performed by American psychologist, Gordon Gallup Jr? According to research, this test helps to determine whether an animal possesses the ability of visual self-recognition. The MSR test is the traditional method for attempting to measure physiological and cognitive self-awareness which may include songs and scents.
In this test, the animal checks its reflection to verify if self-recognition takes place after a mark or symbol is placed on its body. In education and self-building exercises, this concept has been enhanced to determine a seven day to 2 week process. Do you know who you are? Can you recognize yourself inside and out as well as a connection to the world as a whole? In other words, do you create your own space with solid self-recognition or is your ability to recognize the self influenced by all of your experiences, songs, and scents?
The following is a combination approach to self-development on a person’s intrapersonal and historical content. It involves defining who you are by connecting with your entire being. Through introspection you will grow skills of self-development.
This process will involve looking into the mirror each day and noting what you see. Write what you see daily. After two weeks, you will begin to see a different you and relationship to the world.
1. Day one—look in the mirror and describe what you see. This is usually the face and outward appearance.
2. Day two— describe the image from a full length mirror.
3. Day three—using only the vanity mirror, stare into your eyes and describe what you notice.
Ask yourself, “What do you see?”
4. Day four—Using the head mirror, stare into your eyes and begin a deeper look describing your view
of the inside. Notice your pupils will enlarge.
5. Day five—Continue staring into the eyes and begin studying the insides.
Here's where it grows deeper with your mirror study:
Each day thereafter, you describe what you see. This now turns into your inner being, intelligence, drive, feelings, and persona.
Continue by working to trace and connect to your background. Notice, you will start with your name and that of your parents, and continue down bloodlines.
Eventually you will describe your level of self-awareness, identifying your strengths and weaknesses.
Relate that to your community and world.
Begin exploring those parts of yourself and culture.
Continue your journey from within; looking and studying beyond the scripted days by Exploring You as you Exploreus.