What exactly is Understanding Character?
“Character is the person each of us truly is, our “core”. It is the cause of our behavior.”
- Understanding Character, through both formal classes as well as retreat settings, creates the opportunity for individuals to gain an understanding of character. This includes an understanding of their own characters as well as an understanding of the character of others.
- Understanding Character allows us to understand and accept others for who they truly are. This understanding decreases friction and minimizes barriers. When there is an understanding of character people communicate better and, in general, get along with each other better. This allows for more productivity in work towards a common goal.
William James said, “whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.”
When you think about that it’s just too many people in the room! Understanding Character can eliminate some of those people and make way for more comfortable and productive communication. We relate better to others, understand why they feel the way they do and even improve our understanding of our own feelings. We increase our comfort level, become better listeners, lose being judgmental, and quality of life is improved.
Understanding Character through Exploration