Although most people believe they are self-aware, it is a rare quality: only about 10-15% really fit the criteria for self-awareness!

Self-awareness is the ability to see yourself clearly and objectively through reflection and introspection. It will help you become a happier and more productive individual and can help you align your current life with your passions.

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Two Types Of Self-Awareness

Internalself-awareness is how clearly you see your own:

  • Values

  • Passions

  • Aspirations

  • Fit with your environment

  • Reactions (including thoughts, feelings, behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses)

  • Impact on others

It is associated with higher job and relationship satisfaction, personal and social control, and happiness.

Externalself-awareness is:

  • Understanding how other people view you (based on the same criteria as internal self-awareness)

People who know how others see them are more skilled at showing empathy and taking others’ perspectives.

Quiz

Bob struggles with summarizing reports for management. He asks himself what makes this task so hard for him. What type of self awareness is this?

Balancing Internal And External Self-Awareness

True self-awareness is manifested when you see yourself clearly and seek feedback to understand how others see you. It can be explained by the four self-awareness archetypes:

The 4 self-awareness archetypes: instrospectors, aware, seekers, and pleasers.

Quiz

Sandra's mother has noticed that her daughter changes her behavior and interests based on who she is around. What self-awareness archetype does Sandra's daughter exhibit?

Benefits Of Self Awareness

Flaticon Icon By taking the time to focus on your self-awareness you'll indirectly:

  • Boost your self-esteem 🥰

  • Strengthen work and personal relationships 💪

  • Increase your performance at work with regard to creativity and productivity 🎨

  • Increase your intrinsic motivation to succeed 🥇

Take Action

Are you ready to double down on your self-awareness?

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Oluwatofe Adejumo

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