What Is a Reflective Statement?

A reflective statement is a statement that portrays thoughts on a specific past experience. Reflective statements are used to understand past events and to learn lessons.

Reflective writing focuses on what happened in the past, who was involved and why things happened. A reflective statement should not contain any bias or judgement but should instead simply recant thoughts, emotions and events that happened. After a reflective statement is written, it is then possible to analyze it and learn lessons that affect a person’s future behavior and decisions. Writing reflective statements on a regular basis is can help a person track personal growth over time.