Have you asked yourself the question, what self-awareness means? It is an awareness. It is awareness of something you consider to be a self. What is a self?
Generally, I think that a human being is like a self, and the self is in a human body. The problem is when you consider not to be aware of something that is part of you.
My little understanding of self-awareness is, myself like everything I’m conscious of, also some parts of myself that I’m not aware of, but I can be aware of it if I start paying more attention to myself and noticing my behavior, like there are some behaviors I don’t consciously want, but some parts of my self-does, and sometimes I don’t know what motivates the part of myself to manage those behaviors.
Self-awareness is then to know the parts that I’m consciously observing. There’s a lot in myself that I’m not aware of, sometimes I try to motivate those parts of myself I don’t fully understand, so I get to understand my own behavior by noticing my own actions.
Self-awareness is the awareness of the parts of myself that I can consciously observe. There is more to myself that I cannot be aware of. I do my best to try to trigger the motivations and to understand my own behavior.
I also have faced some parts of myself where I feel like I am carried away, ( it feels like I am being controlled by something else, which I strongly believe that it’s the other part of myself I cannot notice).
Self-awareness includes both direct observations like I’m observing the way I’m noticing my behavior to get information, how I see or think about things, that I can’t quickly be aware of, because it takes a lot of process and patience.
I think self-awareness is critical for everyone to be able to understand why they are feeling the way they are feeling. I believe most people cannot understand the psychology of other people because most people don’t really understand themselves. And I think most of us are afraid to ask our loved one’s questions about ourselves, you know how they say “the truth will set you free, but first it will provoke you“.
Here is my short story on how I fully get to know myself.
For so many years I have read and listened to people who talked about the importance of how to increase self-awareness and consciousness. There was a time my psychology instructor talked about the topic”Self-awareness” This time I tried to pay more attention to it and bought it to me, then I started to practice it, by meditating daily, reminding myself as much as possible, I could be present and aware. The first week was kind of frustrating because I didn’t see any improvement, but later I started feeling some improvement, however nothing mind-blowing. I didn’t give up (whenever I start something I always love to finish it), so I trusted the process and continued (and yes! I’m glad I didn’t give up on time) for the last 5-6 months now I have really made a big growth in my level of self-awareness. I must confess that this has impacted my life in different ways. Something big is happening,my decision-making process has improved a lot, I’m now enjoying my life and feeling grateful in a pure genuine way, my self-esteem and more trust in myself,unlike before I always doubt myself, I am also bold now and I’m not afraid of any challenges that come my way before I know how to deal with them now.
Always trust the process, don’t be too fast to give up, and the payoff will come.