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Description: Have you figured out the Robert Burns quote above (Oh would some power the gift give us, To see ourselves as others)? How self-aware are you? What proportion of the general adult population, would you say, IS self-aware? How does how you see yourself match up with how other people see you? And again, are people in general very good at this? The answers to these questions (research answers) may surprise you. Read the article linked below and see what the numbers say.

Source: Knowing how others see us is the key to happiness, Tasha Eurich, Inner Life, The Guardian.

Date: May 14, 2017

Photo Credit:  You talking to me? Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976) Rex/Shutterstock

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Before being too surprised by the 10 to 15% truly self-aware numbers think about how unique this ability is (to our species) and think about how many people you know and interact with daily who are NOT very good at seeing themselves and seeing how others see them. Oh and if you are hopeful that working on your self-awareness will help you with becoming aware of how others see you well think again. The data suggests the two are largely unrelated. Self-delusion is not just for the distracted or the mentally ill. It is fairly clear that we all make use of it to varying degrees. Something to think about,…. Now if we can only figure out just how to actually DO that!

Questions for Discussion:

  1. So are you as self-aware and you thought you were at the start of your reading of this post?
  2. What sorts of things ought/can people do to increase their self-awareness?
  3. Why is awareness of how others see us potentially more important than self-awareness?

References (Read Further):

Eurich, Tasha (2017) Insight: The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World, Pan Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK.

Garcia, D., Drugge, A., Samuelsson, H. B., Storm, U., & Archer, T. (2016). The Need of Holistic Interventions in Schools: The Promotion of Healthy and Sustainable Personal Development among Children. Clinical and Experimental Psychology, 2, 129.

Bhandari, R. (2016). Effect of awareness training model on life skills and personal values of secondary school children in relation to their psychological hardiness.