Tiny Habits That WIll Make You More Self-Aware Than 99% Of People - Deepstash

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1. They're curious about their own mind

1. They're curious about their own mind

Self-aware people are curious about their own minds and how they work . They frequently think about their thoughts and thinking patterns.

Technically, this is called metacognition. It means you are aware of the fact that you are thinking things and able to assess the quality and usefulness of that thinking.

On the other hand, if you are in the habit of thinking about your thinking, you would notice that worry is actually an activity and something you do. And as a result, it is something you can, with practice, choose not to do — or at least not do nearly as much.

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“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

CARL JUNG

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2. They take feedback

2. They take feedback

Genuinely self-aware people have the humility to understand that they can't always see themselves objectively. They also know that the best way to gain more objectivity about yourself is through the perspective of others.

If you want to see yourself through the eyes of other people, you must ask for their feedback.

Fear of receiving negative feedback usually prevents us from asking for it.

One of the most effective ways to improve your self-awareness is by getting objective feedback from others. However, you must be willing to accept criticism and work to avoid defensiveness at all costs.

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“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”

WILLIAM FAULKNER

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3. Listen More than Talk

3. Listen More than Talk

The Quest for Self-Knowledge is a fundamentally social endeavor.

Self-awareness comes from genuine interaction with others - from conversation. But to get there, you need to be able to listen.

The key to gaining meaningful self-awareness through listening is to manage your own thoughts during a conversation.

It's hard to truly listen when you're formulating your own ideas and only halfway paying attention. This means building the habit of being a good listener is mostly about learning to undo unhelpful habits. Practice letting go of your own narcissistic impulses and cultivate curiosity instead.

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“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”

G. K. CHESTERTON

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4. They don’t judge themselves for how they feel

4. They don’t judge themselves for how they feel

If You're Constantly Judging Your Emotions, You Won't Have Any Energy Left to Understand Them.

The Solution is to Learn to Observe Your Emotions and Notice Them Without Passing Judgment on Them. The Best Way to Get Started with This is to Practice Labeling Your Emotions with Simple, Plain Language.

Instead of Avoiding Feeling and Saying "I'm Stressed" or "I'm Overwhelmed," Say:

  • I'm Angry.
  • I Feel Afraid.
  • I'm Sad.
  • I Feel Guilty.
  • I'm Lonely.
  • I Feel Proud of Myself.

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When You Get in the Habit of Describing Your Emotions in Plain Language as a Child Would, You'll Find That You Have a Clearer Insight Into Those Emotions and How to Respond to Them in a Healthy Way.

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“Words matter. And the words that matter most are the ones you say to yourself.”

DAVID TAYLOR-KLAUS

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