What Do You Compartmentalize?When we compartmentalize, we stop all natural flow and harmony within our being.

We are not whole when this happens and we end up losing touch with ourselves and the world around us.

So, you may be wondering “What is compartmentalization and why do we do it?”

As defined on Wikipedia, “Compartmentalization is an unconscious psychological defense mechanism used to avoid cognitive dissonance, or the mental discomfort and anxiety caused by a person’s having conflicting values, cognitions, emotions, beliefs, etc. within themselves.”

So it’s safe to say that we compartmentalize in order to feel okay about something we really don’t feel okay about. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then again, we as humans don’t make a lot of sense. It seems to be our very nature to do things that any rational mind can clearly see as irrational. We are a counterintuitive species. Don’t let this discourage you though. It’s actually a beautiful thing that we can know this about ourselves. As G.I.Joe says, “knowing is half the battle.”

I feel the solution to any issue is recognizing it and knowing it, and this is much easier than one might imagine. For me it was as simple as bringing awareness to my tendency to compartmentalize and most importantly, listening to that little guiding voice inside myself. It also helps to have loved ones around who will bring it to our attention. And it’s okay to ask for help in this matter, but it should be from loved ones who will be honest with you and who will not bring you down.

It’s important to remember that any change one makes is usually accompanied by a hard look at one’s self, and this is not easy, but it is totally doable. For me having to look at myself and my tendencies to compartmentalize is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but recognizing the habit was not what was hard — it was accepting it.

What Do You Compartmentalize?There are so many different areas of our lives that we must maintain with integrity, but do we have consistency in all of them? Compartmentalization has the ability to encompass all aspects of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not. What helps is to look at one specific area where we compartmentalize and then to see how that habit plays out in the other aspects of your life. Simple recognition is the cure.

I suggest finding one of these areas where you compartmentalize and just observe it. See how it sits with you. In other words, look at how it makes you feel. Are you okay with it or do you see how it is having a negative effect on your life, no matter how small it may seem? It is vitally important that you are honest with yourself regarding what you are feeling. Otherwise, you may fall into the same old trap of compartmentalizing again. See how it works and share your own experiences with us if you like.

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