It’s a best-practice reminder to help yourself before helping those around you. You’ll be much more useful to others, once you’re OK.
Address your needs first, so you can be of maximum use to others if required. Even the FAA’s Passenger Safety Information Briefing always always has people take care of themselves first (like putting on oxygen masks), before helping those who need assistance.
This idea of Know Yourself First is very useful in gaining better understanding of diversity. When you know about yourself, your likes/dislikes, and even mental “blind spots,” you will be better able to navigate in relationships with others—especially those who are different from you.
Without taking time for introspection, people can carry negative assumptions and wrong beliefs around with them. If they (or you) are doing this, it only seems logical that they (or you) would fear other people; perhaps even hate them.
Here are some of the Federally protected classes that come up during a discussion of Diversity:
This information is from the Improving Communications Diversity – Building a Thriving Business Environment class.If you’re looking for ways to improve your communication skills, Check out our upcoming Public Classes.
Can you see where you might fall into one or more of these classes? Does putting people into these categories affect your view of yourself or others?
To know more about yourself and your relationship with diversity, ask yourself:
Self-knowledge may appear to be self-serving, but gaining that knowledge puts you on a path to building stronger relationships. Learning how to see yourself will help you to see others more clearly. When you understand what motivates your thoughts and decisions, it will help you to understand that motivation in others.
Ultimately, gaining the ability to see yourself in someone else is a social skill that will lead the way as we strive to promote diversity and cultural awareness within our society.
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