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Why You Suck at Self-Awareness

markmanson.net

Self Awareness is our ability to observe and accurately identify our thoughts, feelings and impulses, and determine whether they are grounded in reality or not. 

Benefits-

  1. Aids self-control, creativity, pride, and self-esteem.
  2. Predicts self-development, a...

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  • We avoid pain through distraction. We transport our minds to some other time or place or world where it can be safe and insulated from the pain of day-to-day life.
  • Now, there’s nothing wrong with distraction. We all need some sort of diversion to keep us sane and happy. The key is th...

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  • What people often find is that the more they remove themselves from distraction, the more they are forced to actually deal with a lot of the emotions that they’ve been avoiding for a long time.
  • It takes time to become comfortable with all of your emotions. 
  • BUT, emotions can ...

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The important thing is just that we’re self-aware about our weaknesses. Otherwise, we become enslaved to our mind’s faulty mechanisms. Our minds are flawed in many ways-

  • Our ability to predict our thoughts and feelings in the future is poor. 
  • We constantly overestimate ourselve...

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Freeing ourselves from the twisted confines of our mind comes down to a few things:

  1. Hold Weaker Opinions- Recognize that you can be wrong.
  2. Take yourself less seriously- Many of your actions are reactions to meaningless emotions.

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  1. Practice Mindfulness- Mindfulness is simply the practice of observing what is going on in your mind, body, and environment with focus, clarity, and, importantly, acceptance of what is happening. 
  2. Write things down- The simple act of organizing your t...

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  • Self-awareness is wasted if it does not result in self-acceptance. If great self-awareness is coupled with self-judgment, then you’re merely becoming more aware of all the ways you deserve to be judged.
  • Empathy can only occur in proportion to our own self-acceptance....

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