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What is self-awareness? And how can you cultivate it?

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What is self-awareness

Self-awareness is the recognition of one's own emotional state at any given point in time. 

We are far to often, wholly unaware of the emotional state we are currently in, and the degree to which that state influences our behavior and thought process.

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1. Be curious about who you are

To be self-aware, a person needs to be curious about themselves. Our minds and bodies are territories for which we yet need road maps.

Every person has some roads they do not wish to take, and some roads they feel are worth exploring. How far you’ll go in your journey of u...

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2. Let your walls down

When we see something we don't immediately like in ourselves, our first reaction could be to defend ourselves from it, which is partly why self-awareness is so challenging.

Try to let go of judgment and the instinctual urge to protect yourself.

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3. Look in the mirror - literally

Looking into the mirror as a meditation tool you can increase your self-awareness.

When people first look at themselves, they are often very critical. 

by looking in the mirror you can:

  • Teach yourself how to shift your perspective and u...

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4. Keep a journal and note what triggers positive feelings

Journalling is a great way to start this process of being mindful. 

As you are journaling, pay attention to your day.

  • Ask yourself how you feel.
  • if there are negative feelings associated with the day, think about what triggers may have cause...

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5. Substitute some screen time with people time

The average amount of time we spend gazing at our screens now surpasses our time in face-to-face contact.

Science tells us that we need reflections to develop our sense of self in relation to others. As we spend more time alone and on our devices, we miss this essential human mirroring.

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6. Ask others how they see you

Not only should we build face-to-face social actions, but also use a portion of this time to learn about how our loved ones perceive us.

  • Talk to your closest loved ones and be courageous enough to ask how they perceive you in various situations.
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7. Angry at someone? take the 'third person' perspective

Ultimately the benefits of self-awareness are to serve not only you in emotional manegment, but also serve your relationships.

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8. Keep checking in with yourself 
(and a list of feelings)

Clinically, the most effective method for the development of self-awareness is a pause and brief check-in wiht oneself:

  • How am I feeling right now?
  • What do I think might be driving that feeling?

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9. Keep learning - the journey never ends

Read and learn about the psychology and practices of self-awareness.

Get excited about gaining the knowledge that will in turn teach you about yourself.

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