Inner Growth Word of the Day: Generalizations
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. the act or process of generalizing. 2. a general statement, law, principle, or proposition.
Generalizations in a sentence: Generalizations are common and something people are used to; yet they render the uniqueness of each person, situation or thing that is being generalized invisible.
Generalizations in action: When you make general statements about someone or something, those are generalizations.
Generalizations and inner growth: An in-depth look at your generalizations allows you to see them separately from the unique aspects that are a part of the things, people or circumstances you are generalizing. This brings you to see things clearly, which also gets you to make a conclusion that is free from those generalizations. This process brings inner growth because it puts you in a position to see things from the heart and not based on assumptions that may not reflect you or the thing, person or circumstance that the generalizations are applied to.
Generalizations and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about generalizations? When do I apply generalizations? Where do my generalizations stem from? How have generalizations affected my life and relationships? How do I feel about generalizations made about me by others? Have my generalizations changed in time? If so, in what way?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with generalizations at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Next list three generalizations that come to mind: one that someone has made about you, one that you’ve made about someone or a group of people, and one that you’ve applied to a specific recurring circumstance in your life. Use the first list of words to write about at least one of the generalizations that came to mind (how the generalization made you feel, how it affected your life, and what your biggest takeaways were).
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about generalizations and sit quietly as you let the emotions do the talking. Stay focused on your heart as you do this and notice what feeling stands out the most out of the ones that are flowing by. When you’re ready, let thoughts come to mind and focus on the very first thought that popped into your head. Always try to let your feelings talk first and then ask whatever questions come to mind, and let your feelings answer those questions.
Your turn – Share your generalizations sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂