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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.
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 understanding yourself depends on what you’re ready to explore and experience.
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.
Often this means you have to be willing to see yourself in a less-than-positive light.
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:
Journalling is a great way to start this process of being mindful.
As you are journaling, pay attention to your day.
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.
The symptoms lack of mirroring are becoming more apparent in our society:
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.
Ultimately the benefits of self-awareness are to serve not only you in emotional manegment, but also serve your relationships.
Clinically, the most effective method for the development of self-awareness is a pause and brief check-in wiht oneself:
This may seem absurdly simple, but in practice, it can be quite difficult to find the right feeling.
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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