Inner Growth Word of the Day: Demeaning
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 2. to lower in character, status, or reputation.
Demeaning in a sentence: A demeaning act hides a deeper meaning for the person who is taking such an action towards another, whether through words, thoughts or behavior.
Demeaning in action: In the moment that you say something with the intent to lower the reputation or make look bad the person you are saying that something about, that is demeaning.
Demeaning and inner growth: Exploring demeaning acts and/or thoughts that you have towards others gives you insights into your inner insecurities and this allows you to not only overcome those insecurities, but also to change that demeaning behavior. This type of exploration also allows you to understand what is really happening when someone says something to you demeaning or does something that intends to have a demeaning effect. In both instances, you are able to gain takeaways that enrich your life and inner person.
Demeaning and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does demeaning mean to me? How have I been demeaning to others? When was the first time I experienced a demeaning act or discussion? What hidden messages have I found from the demeaning behavior I’ve extend towards others and/or received by others through their actions and words? Who comes to mind when I think of the word demeaning? Why? What are some of my biggest life lessons from situations where demeaning behavior was involved?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with demeaning 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 two words and associate to each word a situation where you were demeaning and then two where someone was demeaning to you. Pick one of each (one where you were demeaning to another and vice versa) and use the list of words to write about both of these life events. When you’re done notice what similarities and differences you see between the two.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about demeaning and allow those feelings to flow freely from head to toe, without thinking much. Just focus on where you feel those emotions throughout your body. Notice if there are places where you feel more presence of those feelings than other areas. As you focus on those emotions within your body, allow one thought to come in about something demeaning and then change that thought to have a positive outcome for both people involved. Do this as many times as you want.
Your turn – Share your demeaning 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 🙂