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The Social Awareness Definition You Need to Know To Be Socially Aware - Mindvalley Blog

Developing Social Awareness

Developing Social Awareness

There are three competencies that are to be developed to grow one’s social awareness skills:

  • Empathy: Being able to feel what others feel.
  • Organizational awareness: Being aware of relationships, attitudes, and politics of a group.
  • Service orientation: Responding to the needs of the situation.

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Social Awareness

.. means having an in-depth understanding of societal setups, communities, environments, norms, and cultures.

Human beings are social creatures, but many lack proper social awareness. In any professional or personal situation, one’s success and wellbeing largely depend on how other people are communicated with, how social interactions are managed and how efficiently one interacts with society. Social Awareness is often equated with Emotional Intelligence(EQ).

Importance of Social Awareness

Human beings would be misfits in society if it wasn’t for social awareness. It helps us to:

  • Understand and communicate with others productively.
  • Feel what is being said and say the right words.
  • Sense people's inner conflicts and pain.
  • Excel in communication and problem solving by being able to feel the vibe of a group of people.
  • Being valued and respected.
  • Contribute to solving society’s problems.

Developing Social Awareness

There are three competencies that are to be developed to grow one’s social awareness skills:

  • Empathy: Being able to feel what others feel.
  • Organizational awareness: Being aware of relationships, attitudes, and politics of a group.
  • Service orientation: Responding to the needs of the situation.

Develop Self Awareness

To know others, first, you must know yourself.

Expand your self-awareness and observe your response mechanism, trigger points and social behavior. This will also help you expand your consciousness in the long run.

Observe Others

See how people react to your words and your mannerisms. You may have to fine-tune your listening skills and get a glimpse of the emotional states of other people, by understanding what isn’t being said.

Cultivate Mindfulness

A regular meditation practice calms you and connects you to your surroundings, muting your inner noise. You then become better at observing yourself and those around you.

Forgiveness

Life is short. Practice quick forgiveness and move on. Holding a grudge will only slow you down. 

Forgiving others frees your mind and makes it agile, not easily triggered by current situations that point towards any painful memories of the past.

Affirmations

Practicing affirmations (positive self-talk) and self-hypnosis removes our internal blocks and heals us from the inside while aligning the outside circumstances in our favor.

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Reflection and introspection

  • Introspection is simply looking in. Stopping there not only limits your perspective, but it can also diffuse it. It can lead some to pessimism, or even depression. 

Authenticity

Authenticity is about getting closer to our true identity.

The more authentic we become, the more we are authoring our lives, and not simply living someone else’s script. And the more authentic you become, the greater is your sense of well-being.

Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis

“To be authentic is literally to be your own author, to discover your own native energies and desires, and then to find your own way of acting on them.”

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Mindfulness

... is a collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment.

Meditation sharpens your attention

Meditation helps to counter our tendency to stop paying attention to new information in our environment. Other studies have found that mindfulness meditation can reduce mind-wandering and improve attention.

Larger randomized controlled trials are still needed to understand how meditation might work with other treatments to help people manage attention-deficit disorders.

Consistent meditation

Long-term, consistent meditation mindfulness changes our ability to handle stress in a better, more sustainable way.

  • Practicing meditation reduces the inflammatory response in people exposed to psychological stressors.
  • Mindfulness practices help us to be less reactive to stressors and to recover better from stress when we experience it. 

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Self-awareness has 2 components

  • Internal self-awareness: the ability to introspect and recognize your authentic self;
  • External self-awareness: the ability to recognize how you fit in with the rest of the world. ...

The “bias blind spot"

It relates to our tendency to recognize cognitive biases in others, without noticing them in ourselves. In other words, our brain isn’t built to easily spot our own lack of self-awareness.  

Self-awareness and leadership

After examined the traits that contribute to the effectiveness of successful leaders, researchers concluded that a high level of self-awareness was the strongest predictor of success: when leaders are self-aware, they know how to hire subordinates who are strong in the areas where they themselves are weak.

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