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This essay deals with the concept and importance of reflection, especially when faced with criticism of one's actions or behaviours.

An old story[edit]

This old story serves as a terrific introduction to the important of reflection:

A man goes into his psychiatrist's office, completely exhausted.

The psychiatrist asks "What's wrong?"

The man replies "Oh, I have 3 big problems: my wife doesn't listen to me, my son doesn't listen to me, and my boss doesn't listen to me either! I just don't know what to do!!!!"

The psychiatrist nods his head and says "Ahh, so what we're going to start with is talking about you"


re·flec·tion  (ri-flek-shuhn) noun

  1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
  2. an image; representation; counterpart.
  3. a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.
  4. a thought occurring in consideration or meditation.
  5. an unfavorable remark or observation. [1]