My level of openness is definitely something I need to work on if I wish to succeed as a nurse. I have come to this conclusion by reading the Johari window article which has made me think more in depth about the person I am and how it affects others perception of me. I consider myself to be caring towards most people I meet and before I know it I find myself taking on their problems by trying to help. I am comfortable using my life experiences to help others as these have made me stronger as a person. Friends and family are always telling me that I am too caring for my own good. I don’t think they realize that I have a lot of problems of my own and that by taking on other people’s problems I forget about my own and tend to bottle them up until a certain point where I get physically sick. Letting people into my personal space is not easy. The people that are closest to me are always telling me that I worry too much but in fact some days I feel as if I don’t worry enough. I don’t like people to know that in the past I suffered from panic disorder so badly that I didn’t leave my front gate for six months I delt with this on my own with counselling and I find these techniques useful in helping others . Therefore I have come to the conclusion that I need to focus more on my limitations and the things that make me happy. To accomplish this I need to be more self aware of my own emotions and work on my self confidence.
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