The deep and methodical study of chess can challenge the subconscious thinking patterns of the individual. From exploring your tendencies and style of play, or recalling your emotional reality at a critical moment in a game, you can gain insights on how you show up and deal with situations throughout all aspects of life.
Are you a patient person or do you tend to get uneasy when there is no action? Are you uncomfortable in unfamiliar territory? Will you then strive to bring the situation back to something more familiar, even to the detriment of your own position? These are the types of questions that a study of chess and your specific tendencies while playing chess can reveal.
The good news is that it doesn’t require years of study, profound knowledge, or practice to benefit from these self revealing aspects of the game.