Self-awareness means having a clear perception of oneself and personality which includes; strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, thoughts, motivations, and emotions. It allows you to understand how other people perceive you as well as how you perceive others and can relate to them.
It is important because when we have a better understanding of ourselves, we are able to see ourselves as unique individuals. We are then empowered to make rightful decisions, change, and build on our areas of strength as well as identify areas where we would like to make improvements. It is needful for the right career, relationship, and social lifestyle.
ATTRIBUTES OF SELF AWARENESS
Self-awareness is demonstrated by showing a high level of independence in the following areas:
- Knowing your individual strengths and weaknesses.
- Knowing your likes and dislikes.
- Using intuition and reflections to make sound choices.
- Being able to control your emotions (handle stress, remain calm).
- Setting realistic goals that are challenging but attainable.
- Knowing your individual learning style.
- Knowing your disability and the supports needed to address them.
Developing self-awareness can be attained by:
- Using self-awareness assessment test.
- Keeping personal journals
- Having mindful meditations/reflections.
- Creating an autobiography (an account of one’s life).
- Asking for feedback from reliable persons on strengths and weaknesses.
- Goal setting and evaluation.
Self-awareness in most cases does hurt and disrupt. That’s why many people avoid it. But it affords a true opportunity to grow and develop. Personal transformation occurs when one has the courage to face life realities. Finally, we don’t grow and develop by pretending to be perfect, but we grow when we have the courage to embrace our true colour (weakness).
For more help contact the counselor as school resumes or with the email address below.
LOGISS Guidance Counselor.