What I mean is a graph that would either feature:

  • a histogram of self-reflection distribution in the general population
  • a curve reflecting the growth in self-reflection resulting from a therapy or a self-improvement effort

I have a hypothesis such a curve should be exponential, as self-reflection allows one to suppress the self-serving defensive mechanisms.

  • $\begingroup$ I am not aware of a measure called "self-reflection". Do you mean amount of time spent in self-reflection? Quality of self-reflection (eg, rumination vs introspection vs meditation)? Healthiness of self-reflection (eg, using it appropriately)? $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    May 26 at 20:47
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg I mean introspection, the ability to be understand the roots of one's behavior. $\endgroup$
    – Probably
    Jun 21 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ A goal of some cognitive therapies is to identify and find healthier alternatives for cognitive distortions (rationalizations, defense mechanisms, etc). If there was a way to measure how much of a patient's verbal reports feature cognitive distortions (presumably showing a decline over time), would that be what you are looking for? @Ooker previously asked "is the concept scientific/measurable/falsifiable?" - is that the same question you have? $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Jun 22 at 0:07
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg I'm afraid it's not, rationalization is only one of many possible distortions to one's ability to self-reflect and I'm interested in the dynamics of overcoming those defense mechanism, not the validity of its measures. $\endgroup$
    – Probably
    Jun 22 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ Self-reflection and introspection do not refer to cognitive distortions. Please use "cognitive distortions" if that's what you mean. I literally said: "cognitive distortions (rationalizations, defense mechanisms, etc)" to which you replied: "rationalization is only one of many possible distortions". What is not clear here? How do you propose to graph the dynamics of cognitive distortions without a valid measure? $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Jun 22 at 16:39

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