Medicine Wheel Reflection

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I will be self-reflecting my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development using the medicine wheel as described by Mussell (2005). Mussell defines the medicine wheel as, “a symbol used to represent the dynamic system of mind, body, emotions and spirit, and the needs related to each of these aspects that must be met for the development of human potential.” (Mussell, 2005, p.115). Self-reflection of the four aspects of the medicine wheel (Mussell, 2005) will help me to gain a better self-understanding and insight. During the process of self-understanding I will be able to identify how my intrapersonal communication affects my inter-professional and interpersonal communication. Once I gain insight into my intrapersonal communication …show more content…
Mussell states, “acceptance from others is the basis for the emergence of self-acceptance and self-esteem” (Mussell, 2005, p.118). I have low self-esteem and I tend to shy away from people. I often do not speak my mind because I feel what I have to say is not valued. I think my low self-esteem is a result from when I was a child. As a child many of my ideas and suggestions were constantly disregarded by my older brothers. I was constantly judged growing up by my parents and brothers. Acceptance affects me intrapersonally by thinking I am not good enough. Acceptance affects my intrapersonal communication because I attempt to do what pleases others nonetheless, in the process I disregard what I want. Interprofessionally acceptance affects me because I am shy and do not enjoy voicing my opinion. Not voicing my opinion causes me to surrender various opportunities. Above all, I have been attempting to balance acceptance in my life for the past two years. I have improved my self-esteem by intrapersonally realizing that my opinions matter and that it is unnecessary to devote my life to please others. Intrapersonally I believe I have come a long way in the past two years regarding acceptance. I have changed my intrapersonal communication by talking with a trusted friend. In addition, to boost my self-esteem I self-reflect on a list of achievements and goals I have …show more content…
Mussell states cognitive development in an infant develops in two fundamental ways, “(a) through direct exposure to experience such as in exploratory play; and (b) through mediated learning experiences in which a caregiver interposes himself or herself between the stimuli and the child.” (Mussell, 2005, p. 121). As an infant I learned through both exploratory play as well as, through my caregivers intervening between the stimuli and myself. My caregivers passed on their knowledge, values, and skills to me. My grandfather and parents prominently influenced the growth of my intellectual development. My grandfather was a Métis senator and passed on much of his knowledge and values to me when I was a child nonetheless, my parents also passed down their knowledge and values. Mussell states, “it is through the experience of having his learning mediated that a child develops the mental tools and strategies necessary to mediate his own learning, and the intrinsic motivation for ongoing learning.” (Mussell, 2005, p. 121). My family impacted my learning during childhood by continuously mediating my intellectual development, and providing me with various educational toys. Intrapersonally I believe I intellectually developed intrinsic motivation as a result, I am enrolled in post-secondary school. Starting a new career after university can be viewed as the, “initial phase of a lifelong career of learning and relearning.” (Reider,

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