The Basics of Self-Awareness
Being self-aware means being aware of your beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. In other words, it’s about being in touch with your inner world. That is important because self-awareness is one of the most critical mechanisms that influence your personal development. Life is not something that you can always plan, and if you are unaware of how your emotional nature is triggered, your life can get out-of-control pretty quickly.
Self-Awareness – The Mechanism of Self-Control
Studies of self-awareness date back to 1972 when psychologists developed some of the first theories to explain it. It is an awareness of the self – knowing one’s intuitions, resources, preferences, and internal states. However, being self-aware is not only what we notice about ourselves. It is also about how we do it.
The human mind is very skillful when it comes to storing information about how we react to certain stimuli. It does that to create a mental blueprint of our emotional life. That means that self-awareness goes far beyond simple knowledge accumulation. The information stored in the mind conditions us to react in a specific way when we encounter similar events or experiences in the future. In that case, self-awareness helps us become conscious of this conditioning so we could break free from it.
Public and Private Self-Awareness
There are two different types of self-awareness – public and private. The public self-awareness emerges when we are aware of how we appear to others. It arises in situations when we are at the center of attention, such as when talking to a group of friends or giving a presentation. It often compels us to adhere to certain social norms because we often try to act in a socially desirable and acceptable way when we’re being watched and evaluated. Public self-awareness can also lead to anxiety or distress if people are worried about how others perceive them.
Private self-awareness happens when people become aware of certain aspects of themselves but in a private manner. For example, feeling your stomach lurch after realizing that you forgot to finish the project for tomorrow or upon seeing your face in the mirror. These are all examples of private self-awareness.
Why Is Self-Awareness So Important?
According to scientific research and opinion, self-awareness is one of the cornerstones of emotional intelligence. The ability to monitor our thoughts and emotions is essential to understanding ourselves, being at peace with who we really are, and proactively managing our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Self-aware people tend to be in good psychological health, act consciously, and have a more positive outlook on life. Also, they are more likely to be compassionate because they have a greater depth of life experience.
Studies have also shown that mindfulness, insight, and self-reflection (aspects of self-awareness) are what makes great business leaders. High self-awareness was actually the strongest predictor of business success. It helps us become more accepting and nonjudgmental people. Those who are able to see themselves clearly are more likely to grow and develop their personality as needed. Being self-aware also helps in personal relationships. Couples who understand how their partners are wired experience less conflict because they can empathize more with one another.
Knowledge is power. Humans have always been interested in understanding themselves, and the more we become self-aware, the more we will gain from our relationships and our work. Inspyr Gear is there to remind you that all you have to do is think things through. The answer is within you, waiting to be uncovered.