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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.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Identifying Difficult People
  • The Perfectionist. If you are looking for quick results, perfectionists can be a source of frustration.
  • Control freaks. When you want to do th...
Identifying the Issue

Turn the situation inward and analyze your triggers and reactions to these situations. 

  • How do you react to a difficult person in your life?
  • How does your difficult person react to your reactions?
  • If the other person is the problem, are you growing unhealthy actions and reactions in response to him or her?
  • Are you the difficult person driving others to reactive behavior?
  • How do others react to your actions and responses?
Mitigating These Situations

Separate the facts from your assumptions. 

Separate yourself and your reactions from the negative emotions you may be feeling in the moment. 

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Friedrich Nietzsche

"Society tames the wolf into a dog. And man is the most domesticated animal of all."

Friedrich Nietzsche
Depression in the era of infinite possibilities

Although we are currently experiencing the highest living standards in the history of mankind:

  • Depression rates are constantly rising in the US since the mid-1930s.
  • Approximately 40 million American adults are dealing with anxiety disorder.
  • Over 600,000 children of 5 and under are on some type of psychiatric drug in the US.
Depression and anxiety

According to the existential psychologist, Rollo May:

  • “Depression is the inability to construct a future.”
  • "Anxiety comes from "not being able to know the world you’re in, not being able to orient yourself in your own existence.”

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Self-compassion

Self-compassion is treating yourself with the same kindness and consideration that you would offer to someone else.

Self-compassion helps you cope with tough situations and helps you t...

Why parents need self-compassion

Parents' frame of mind impacts their children. Parents should not blame themselves when their children struggle.

Since parents lead by example, treating themselves with compassion and without judgment can help their children to do the same.

Make time for mindfulness

Many parents stop meditating once they have children. But new research suggests that even brief interventions can be helpful.

  • Take two breaths of kindness wherever you are.
  • Find moments of newness while engaged in your daily tasks of living.
  • Bring awareness and gratitude to the everyday things you take for granted.
Joy
Joy

It's a feeling of spiritual and emotional wellbeing that includes bliss, elation, ecstasy, exuberance, and euphoria.

It’s an internal affair that is self-exist...

Happiness

It's a personal, external and fleeting feeling. It depends upon external things, situations, and experiences and can be achieved through possessions and experiences.

Happiness includes feelings of gratification, excitement, merriment, playfulness, amusement, and enjoyment.

Peace

It's freedom from disturbance. A state of tranquillity and harmony that can be felt collectively or individually.

Peace and happiness can be entwined, but the circumstances from which they arise are different.

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If you can figure out how to get a reasonably accurate picture of the real career landscape out there, you have a massive edge over everyone else, most of whom will be using outdated convention...
The career pitfall
Careers used to be kind of like a 40-year tunnel. You picked your tunnel, and once you were in, that was that. You worked in that profession for 40 years or so before the tunnel spit you out on the other side into your retirement.

Today’s career landscape isn’t a lineup of tunnels, it’s a massive, impossibly complex, rapidly changing science laboratory. 

Why Career-path-carving is important.

Time. A typical career will take up somewhere between 20% and 60% of your meaningful adult time.

Quality of Life. Your career has a major effect on all your non-career hours.

Impact. Whatever shape your career path ends up taking, the world will be altered by it.

Identity. We tell people about our careers by telling them what we are.

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Deciding to see a therapist

You don’t need to have a specific diagnosis to benefit from therapy.

Most of us have some aspects of our lives we would like to improve: relationships that are in need of some rehab or...

Going through a big change

Change, even if it’s positive, can lead to emotional and physical stress: you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know what to expect and that leads to confusion.

A professional can help you through a situation that feels insurmountable.

Repeating unhealthy patterns

Everyone makes missteps and occasionally slips into risky behaviors.

But when you can’t stop a specific behavior, if it’s interfering with your ability to function properly in your daily life, or it’s negatively affecting your relationships, it’s time to pause and seek help.

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Social Comparison Theory

Psychology Today describes social comparison theory as, "... determining our own social and personal self-worth based on how we stack up against others we perceive as somehow faring better or worse...

What Others Think of Us

As a human being interacting with other human beings, we learn that how we show up in the world seems to matter. 

If we have learned through our own social experiences that certain patterns of behavior, such as being extraordinarily busy and constantly on-the-go lead to being successful, connected and accepted by others, then we may find it appealing to engage in those behaviors.

Busy vs. Productive

Merriam-Webster defines the word productive as, "Yielding results, benefits or profits." Essentially, it means that we have something to show for our hard work. 

Being busy has to do with an amount of time, where productivity has more to do with our use of time.

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