Extreme self-awarenes. #mentalhealth #psychology #neurology

I’m not sure if this is a sign of a mental disorder, or something a lot of people go through—or, as I suspect, something that’s rare but probably not a problem. I’ve primarily succumbed to this mostly while growing up and then only a handful of times in my adult life so far. It’s also hard to describe but I’ll try my best.

I’m as self-aware as I think mentally healthy people are for the majority of the time. There have been moments, however, where it feels like I’m going through a spell of “extreme” self-awareness. I’m not only aware of who and what I am but somehow more so. I said that it was hard to describe. These spells are brief, with a longer “coming down” feeling accompanied by a sense of confusion as to what just happened. During the spells I feel uncomfortable at the insight—not so much at what the knowledge about myself was but just knowing about myself caused discomfort.

That’s what I think bothered me, anyway. If I remember these spells clearly (which I think I do) I don’t gain any new knowledge. Could it be possible that I had but I had instantly forgotten it? Could it be possible that said knowledge isn’t possible under a normal state of mind? Or could I have had some feeling about what I was about to know, had the spell continued? Over the years I resolved to try to keep myself in that state for a longer period of time to see what would happen. However, in the occasions that it happened I couldn’t control it.

I have also tried replicating it to know avail. Usually the spells would start when I had some sort of insight about myself and how I think others perceive me. But the feeling wasn’t based on that, not completely. It’s as if the insight triggered something in my brain. Also, this has happened less as I grew older. There could be a variety of factors at play here, such as maybe I was just feeling something as a result of my mental development through adolescence, or certain health conditions as I got older resulted in diminishing the effect.

That doesn’t stop me from wanting to replicate the feeling in order to see what happens. I try to think of myself and how I relate to the world but I can’t force the feeling. It always came without intention. Otherwise, I would probably have felt something this far into writing this blog post. I hope that through bettering myself as a person and even meditation would work. So far I have yet to achieve what I want. I reap other benefits through such activities, which is my primary goal (or was, I’ve been rather lazy lately). But in the back of my mind I keep hoping that I would get another spell.

I haven’t been able to find much information on this condition. It doesn’t help when I have a hard time describing it. I have discovered that I’m not alone. But other people’s accounts are scant, as best. All I can find are online message boards dated years ago. Even if I chose to reach out to those people they probably wouldn’t get my information. I can only hope that maybe the right person will read this blog post and I will eventually get some answers as to what this may be. It could be the sign of something serious, or just a random, normal “glitch” in the human brain. I want it be something more, but as always I’m skeptical.

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2 thoughts on “Extreme self-awarenes. #mentalhealth #psychology #neurology

  1. I get extremely self aware but to the point of feeling unreal. Which is undoubtedly hard to explain in words. I just know I’m aware of my existence but I’m distanced from it at the same time, as if I’m suddenly staring out of two holes in a body that isn’t mine. Then everything around me I feel like I can’t recognize. I see my keyboard and my computer, and I know what they are but I feel like they aren’t really there. The feelings are both random and brought on by deep thinking or my anxiety. Sometimes they last for a few seconds, other times a few minutes. I don’t know if any of that is similar to what you go through, but I figured I’d share anywhere.

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