1. Introduction to writing reflectively
Personal reflection happens as part of day to day living. If we find ourselves in a difficult or challenging situation, we often spend time ‘reflecting on’ (thinking about) what happened, what went wrong, what we could have done or said differently.
We discuss the event with friends or family. We may or may not deal differently with similar challenges when they happen again. This kind of personal reflection has much in common with the more sophisticated techniques that are described as ‘reflective practice’ (Kolb 1984).