Inner Growth Word of the Day: Defensive
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 2 a. devoted to resisting or preventing aggression or attack.
Defensive in a sentence: When someone is defensive there are a number of reasons why this could be; it could involve aspects of protection, self-preservation, and/or ego, just to name a few.
Defensive in action: When you react in a protective way to a comment or action by someone, that is defensive.
Defensive and inner growth: Through an exploration of your defensive tendencies depending on the circumstance (those circumstances that don’t involve life threatening danger) you can get to know the deeper aspects of those things that are a part of you that you feel you need to defend. This awareness allows you to strengthen your self-belief and remove any doubt, and in turn this brings about inner growth.
Defensive and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does defensive mean to me? How do I see defensive tendencies in others? When was the first instance where a defensive action took place? What have I learned about life from my defensive tendencies? How have my defensive actions affected my relationships?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with defensive at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick one word that reminds you of one of the most important events in your life where your defensive tendencies were strongest. Use the rest of the words from your list to write about this event.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about defensive tendencies and allow those emotions to flow freely without thinking about anything. Notice where your emotions go and where they start from. As you do this imagine them evenly distributing throughout you and any feelings that seem to get stuck, visualize releasing from you. When you’re ready let thoughts come in and allow the thought that provokes a stronger feeling within you to speak up through the emotions it brings about.
Your turn – Share your defensive 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 🙂