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What Self-Awareness Is

It means paying attention to yourself, knowing what’s going on in your life. 

Self-awareness means understanding your personality. You also understand your values, your relationships, and your beliefs. Self-awareness includes understanding how you process your experiences. 

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  • Don’t obsess: More thinking about yourself won't automatically lead to deeper knowledge.
  • Don't ask the wrong questions: When we ask why questions, our brain points toward the most obvious answer. We usually land on the one that confirms our pre-existing beliefs.

It involves three elements to get you where you want to go:

  • Introspection: the process of attempting to directly access one’s own internal psychological processes, judgments, perceptions.
  • Self-reflection: the examination, contemplation, and analysis of one’s thoug...

  • You should aim for what questions. These will help you to name your emotions, which has been shown to reduce negative feelings and attitudes.
  • Ask questions that shift your focus to its possible solution. They will reveal potential answers to the problem and will ...

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