Reflective Essays : A Panacea For Your Writing Habit

  1. Historians write reflectively about the meaning of a historical event.
  2. Medical students and nursing students may write about their experiences with patients so that they can learn how to be more sensitive to the needs of the people they treat.
  3. In a psychology or religion class, you may write a reflective essay to help you grow personally in your understanding of yourself and your beliefs.
  4. Business people use this type of written assignment to analyze their interactions in a business setting and to help them envision how they can better present their service or product to customers.
  1. A conversation when you became very angry ; A time when you were afraid ; A time when you were lonely.
  2. A memory of when you were misunderstood ; A time when you were disappointed or discouraged by something someone said.
  3. A decision that you made which someone else disagreed with ; When someone showed you that they were proud of you.
  4. A moment when you knew you were in love ; When you first met a new family member.
  5. The birth of a child, or the adoption of a child or sibling.
  6. Watching an elderly loved one lose memory through dementia or struggling with a disease.
  1. Watching the ocean with your feet buried in the sand ; Looking at a sunset ; Sitting at the top of a hill, looking down over a valley.
  2. Watching a bird flying in the sky ; Smelling a flower ; Picking berries.
  3. Walking barefoot on a grass ; Climbing up a mountain.
  4. Playing in the sand at the seashore ; Swimming in a lake.
  1. Your room growing up, or your bedroom now ; The town where you grew up.
  2. A school you attended or a particular classroom, lunch spot, or place you hung out with friends.
  1. Holidays like Diwali, Holi, 15th August etc. ; Visiting a museum or zoo.
  2. Ordinary daily events like getting ready in the morning, doing laundry, studying with friends, walking the dog, or making dinner.
  3. Remodeling of your house, apartment, or street ; When the electricity or water was not working.
  4. Starting a new job, or going to a new school.
  5. Getting your first car, your first paycheck, or your first job.

Recurring or Significant Thoughts

We all are stuck in some loops. Loops around people, thoughts, memories or wishes. Writing around them can be a great way to understand them and accept them.

  1. A dream or daydream ; A conversation you wish you had or something you wish you had done ; A story you’ve told about yourself ; An embarrassing moment
  2. The person you’d like to be
  3. A strong recurring emotion

Important People

Writing around them can help you enhance your bond with them. It can deepen your feelings and help you express them clearly. You may share your writing with them or not. That is your choice.

  1. Your grandmother and/or grandfather, mom and/or dad, aunt and/or uncle, nephew and/or niece, or siblings ; Your best friend
  2. Someone who hurt you ; A special teacher or life coach
  1. Start with what did you see, feel, hear in the moment?
  2. Reflect what is the meaning you are making of this experience? How do you know this?
  3. Was there something that surprised you? What caused this?
  4. What past experiences are similar to this one? How is this experience the same or different from previous times?
  5. How does this make me think about the future?
  6. Have I changed because of this? How? Is this good or bad?
  7. In what way was this a turning point for me?
  8. What could I have done differently?
  9. Is this an analogy for something else? What metaphors or similes occur to me?
  10. How can I use this experience to help someone else?
  11. What really happened? Is that different from what I thought was happening at the time?
  12. How can I apply what I’ve learned to my life or career?
  13. What questions did this make me ask?
  14. In what way was I challenged to think differently about social class, race, gender, or faith?
  15. How has this changed the way I think?
  16. Needless to say, you also reflect and write at three levels — Content, Process and Perspective. This is the most powerful one.
  17. Conclude by —



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Siddharth Shah

Siddharth Shah

The blogs are my musings on various subjects - from art, science, culture to philosophy, psychology and personal finance