Exercise 2: What does personal reflection space mean? Towards a deeper understanding of reflection and internal dialogue

The idea of reflection as an individual activity is a key idea to be used in this virtual office for mentoring and coaching. Simply stated, reflection is a term for those intellectual and affective activities in which individuals engage to explore their experiences in order to lead to a new understanding and appreciation. Another way of looking at reflection is a process of internally examining and exploring an issue of concern triggered by an experience, which creates meaning in terms of self and results in a changed perspective. Both these definitions focus on the importance of reflection for individual learning and development.

Which one of these definitions resonates with your thinking and experience in reflection. Why?

Another important idea is related to the individual’s personal reflective space (PRS) which occurs in private and is a result of dialogue with self. When we make a transition into PRS, we are usually responding to a learning trigger. Some people enter into a PRS by closing the office door or jogging or on a train ride. By being in this private space, it helps to rearrange the problem more clearly and often leads to significant insights or a reframing of the problem or even coming up with alternative solutions. Look at Table 1.

Graph showing how low energy equates to low personal reflective space, whereas high energy equates to a higher and healthier personal reflective space.

  1. What type of enforced inactivity can you think of that will allow you to transition into personal reflective space (PRS)?
  2. When you are in PRS, is you level of internalized energy low? Does this state of reflection space allow you to deal with an issue now that you understand it better? Try it! And record your thoughts about this in your journal.