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  • Writer's picturePaul White

Self-Exploration in University: Clarifying Beliefs and Values

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While at university, I met Chris, who was grappling with the tension between their new beliefs and their family's traditional values. This journey of self-exploration was challenging, but through our sessions, Chris found clarity and learned to navigate these conflicts confidently.


University is a time of significant self-exploration. Many students begin to question the beliefs and values they grew up with. This blog offers guidance for reflecting on and clarifying your values while managing any resulting family conflicts.


Understanding Self-Exploration:

- Beliefs and Values: Reevaluating long-held beliefs.

- Family Conflicts: Tension arising from differing values.


Challenges You Might Face:

- Identity Crisis: Feeling confused about your beliefs.

- Family Tension: Conflicts with family over new values.

- Non-Traditional Students: Balancing education with other responsibilities.


How Therapy Can Help:

- Reflection: Providing a safe space to explore and clarify your values.

- Conflict Resolution: Strategies for managing family conflicts.

- Support: Helping non-traditional students balance responsibilities.

Questions for Self-Reflection:

  1. What beliefs or values are you currently questioning or reevaluating?

  2. How do these changes impact your relationships with family and friends?

  3. What steps can you take to explore and clarify your values?

Explore your values and beliefs with this short quiz:

  1. How often do you find yourself questioning your beliefs and values?

·    Often

·    Sometimes

·    Rarely

  1. How comfortable are you discussing your changing beliefs with others?

·    Very comfortable

·    Somewhat comfortable

·    Not comfortable

  1. Which fictional mentor would you want to guide you on your journey of self-exploration?

·    Yoda, wise and full of profound advice.

·    Dumbledore, with his magical guidance.

·    Mr. Miyagi, teaching you through unconventional methods.


 Resources for Further Reading:

  1. The School of Life – Resources for self-exploration and understanding.

  2. Psychology Today: Self-Exploration – Articles and guides on self-discovery and personal growth.

Questioning your beliefs and values? Let’s explore your identity and manage any family conflicts together.

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