I am always perplexed by the many words people use to describe the concept of self-awareness. The most basic and universal definition is: “awareness of the self.” This is what most of us feel when we first begin to explore the depths of our souls; what we have always wanted to know about ourselves. However, this has not always been easy to accomplish. The first step is to start with an honest and completely open investigation of ourselves.
That’s a great way to kick-start self-awareness. But it’s not enough. What you really need to learn is how to use that self-awareness to your advantage. The second step is to use this self-awareness wisely. For instance, if you were to ask people, “what does it mean to have self-awareness” and they didn’t know, they would likely think you meant that you already know everything. Not so.
The problem is that when we don’t know something, we tend to take it for granted. To a certain degree, we’ve been trained to think of ourself as the expert on all things, even if we’ve only scratched the surface of knowing something. In this case, you’ll want to think of self-awareness as being more like a detective.
Well, it’s a bit like being a detective or a private eye. You have to start by learning to look at things objectively. You learn to look at things objectively by learning to be a little aware of what you are looking at. We do this because we have to do it. And by doing it, we’ve learned to look at things objectively.
The other thing that goes along with self-awareness is that it means that we can become aware of our own emotions, thoughts, and actions.
If you are a good detective, you realize that when you first start looking at cases, you might be focusing on things that don’t make sense to you. But once you start looking at things that make sense, you will be able to recognize patterns and you will be able to recognize common motives so you can put things together into a clearer picture. Thats how we do what we do.
Self-awareness is also about knowing the difference between “somethings” and “things”. Things are made up of smaller, more basic elements, whereas somethings are made up of bigger, more complex elements. Things are made up of atoms, while somethings are made up of molecules. Things are made up of atoms and molecules, while somethings are made up of atoms that are in molecules.
The things that we can recognize are our own mental processes, emotions, and behavioral tendencies. The things that we can’t recognize are the things that we see around us. So the things that we can recognize are the “mind-made-things” that we tend to call emotions. And those emotions are the ones that we can affect. The things that we can’t recognize are the things around us.
I thought it was a good sign that there were a lot of synonyms for emotions. And what’s more impressive is the way that we are able to recognize emotions even without the help of the synonyms. I don’t mean that we can recognize emotions directly, but we can recognize them in our awareness and act on them. And the thing is, we can recognize emotions even when we are unaware.
I think it is important to remember that some emotions are even harder to recognize than others. For example, grief is the hardest emotion to recognize. How can a person be so angry for so long that they forget to show sadness? The same goes for anger. How can a person be so angry so long that they forget to show depression? It makes sense that we can recognize these emotions, but it makes sense that we can also recognize them in the wrong places.