Let Me Ask You A Question – 7/17/17

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This morning I posted about taking stock in how one acts..   Let me ask you a question…

On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rank your level of self-awareness?  How do you think others would rank you?

46 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 7/17/17

  1. I would give myself a strong 7. However, that 7 doesn’t mean I always act accordingly. I am well aware of my shortcomings and my strengths. No one is going to shock me with insight into who I am.
    My issue (and the reason I give myself a 7) is I still fall back into bad habits or allow my flaws to win out over the things I know I could do to stop them/beat them.
    Does that make sense?

    I still have a lot to learn but being open and honest about who I am means I’m on the right track. 🙂

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      • I have very high emotional intelligence, I’m mindful, meditation isn’t *too* difficult for me, I know my limits, I recognize my thought patterns and distortions, I know what I want out of life, and that’s all I can think of right now.

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      • A large part of self-awareness is one’s ability to understand how his/her actions impact others. What about this part of the equation?

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      • I’m definitely aware of the impact of my words and body language. However, I think sometimes I do tend to overestimate the impact that my posture and demeanor have. XD Sometimes I get nervous talking to people and I assume they know but that may not be the case.

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      • If we use the definition: self-awareness is defined as the accurate appraisal and understanding of your abilities and preferences and their implications for your behavior and their impact on others…how then do you gauge whether or not you are truly self-aware? I think it is deeper than living the best you can.

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      • I think living present and in your wise mind is about as deep as a person can get. Its a pretty neutral place to be, so self-awareness would come from an honest place.

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      • I agree that self awareness comes from honesty. I’m just curious to learn how others gauge whether or not they are gauging themselves honestly. I’m not so sure it can be done. We can try but we are always susceptible to our own biases. So how can any of us truly know? Lol.

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      • Thats very true! The other the night one of my friends gave me feedback about something, which was totally opposite of what I was thinking. I said, well, thank you for making me own my shit. Hahahahha! It was priceless…so maybe our own egos will always get in the way. Makes life interesting. 😃

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  2. I wonder, if this is the sort of self assessment we can trust. I’d like to think I score high, but one must never underestimate the amazing capacity of the human mind for self deception. As for others, I suspect the results would vary considerably.

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  3. I would give myself a 10, and ruefully so. I think, for so many, anxiety makes us acutely aware of all the wrong things. Most become so consumed with their shortcomings, they lose sight of the bigger picture, and effectively stand in their own way – myself included. Then, you watch yourself trip over your own feet, and become more aware of yourself, and less aware at the same time. haha. I heard once, “Man is the only mammal capable of tripping over their own feet. You never see a lion running in the sahara, and then realizing Oh my! look how wonderfully or poorly I am running, as he topples over himself.”

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      • I would, as aware as I am
        Capable of being – which can change. I don’t know what I don’t know, of course. I’ve spent a long time being honest with myself – it took me god knows how long to even journal openly and honestly. It’s interesting too, my ex husband said “I didn’t know all of {these things} about you.” I shrugged and looked at him sadly and said neither did I and that’s the worst part.

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      • Hmm…I would say a mix of 1 and 10. The ones who would say 1 are the ones I am supposed to be closest to, I hide myself the most from. The ones see the real me, usually come to me for advice.

        Part of being self aware, I think, is knowing who to protect yourself from, and that not everyone deserves your truth.

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      • Of course not!!! Change is the only constant in life. Every second you’re here, you evolve. Think about how much you were aware of in any situation in past to present. Every day can present you with a new perspective or opportunity to learn and grow. Not to mention, if you think about it, just being aware, sometimes, is all the impetus needed to change, and more change brings more knowledge and awareness.

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      • But self-awareness is more than being aware. Self-awareness is the ability to accurately assess one’s abilities and their implications on your behavior. If your abilities are changing and evolving then you should be in a constant state of an evolving self-awareness. And if that’s the case then no one can truly be completely self-aware. If that makes any sense.

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      • I agree. Maybe this is a better way to phrase me: yes, right now I’m fully self aware – inclusive of the fact that there are things I don’t yet know. I think that was the hardest place to come to. My biggest struggle has always been trying to be perfect, or trying to change, or trying to this, or that. I realized all of it is simply being a control freak with fancy names. In reality, there is no one of anything, right? You can’t say you are aware of something, without knowing what is is like to be unaware, otherwise the words are meaningless. To be completely self aware, it is not that you know everything there is to know, it’s that you are aware of everything you are and aren’t. Does that make sense for me? It’s very much a zen influenced perspective, which may be why we are differing in our interpretations.

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      • I have to be very disciplined about seeing the positive. Otherwise I can start heading down into a black hole. Over the years I have learned that this a weakness I must be on top of every day or the Black Dogs (Winston Churchill’s dogs) will begin to circle. Another weakness if going into overdrive for too much time and not just letting go and taking a break.

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  4. Since I believe much of our behavior is motivated by the unconscious/pre-conscious, real self awareness comes in rare spurts. I guess my definition of self awareness has more to do with understanding myself. Re Dray’s remark, I don’t equate evolving with improving necessarily. I think I’d give myself a 2 and most others a 1 and believe others assume I’m about a 5 because they don’t realize they’re a 1. I’m a little suspicious of myself.

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    • You are the first person to answer more along the lines of the point of this question. I actually rank myself a 6, but wonder if I’m really that aware. If have doubts. I actually had others rank themselves 9s and 10s!

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  5. My ranking of self-awareness has increased with age. I used to think that I knew the perception people have of me when I was younger. I was dead wrong. The ironic thing is, the more I become aware of the perception that people have of me, the less it matters.

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    • Self-awareness is directly tied to us understanding our impact on others, not necessarily their perception of us. I think as long as we are aware of our place in the universe then we are more self-aware.

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