Using Self-Awareness Theory and Skills in Psychology (2023)

Using Self-Awareness Theory and Skills in Psychology (1)How self-aware are you?

Asking and reflecting on that question is an example of self-awareness.

How often do you find yourself engaging in this type of reflection?

If you answered, ‘not often,’ then this article is perfect for you.

If you responded, ‘all the time!’ this article also is perfect for you.

Why? Because self-awareness is a skill that like a muscle, needs a good workout to stay strong and flexible.

Emotional intelligence guru Daniel Goleman once said:

If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.

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This Article Contains:

  • What Is Self-Awareness Theory? A Definition
  • Objective Self-Awareness in Psychology
  • A Look at the Work of Duval and Wicklund
  • A Look at the Theory in Social Psychology
  • 7 Examples of Self-Awareness Theory
  • What Is Self-Perception Theory and How Does It Differ?
  • What Are Self-Awareness Skills?
  • 7 Ways to Improve Self-Awareness Skills
  • 7 Useful Activities and Exercises
  • A Take-Home Message
  • References

What Is Self-Awareness Theory? A Definition

The American Psychological Association (n.d.) defines self-awareness theory as “the consequences of focusing attention on the self.” Much of the research and literature available today distinguishes between two types of self-awareness: subjective and objective.

Subjective self-awareness is the idea that we are the source of all our perceptions and behaviors. The world revolves around us based on our observations and experience.

Researchers Duval and Wicklund, whom you will read about later, sought to define objective self-awareness. It is the idea that we compare ourselves to others and some standard of correct behavior. These comparisons in behaviors, attitudes, and traits all contribute to our sense of self-awareness (American Psychological Association, n.d.).

What got us to this understanding of self-awareness? When does self-awareness actually begin? What happens when someone is not self-aware?

In the rest of this article, we will dig into some of the possible answers. As we do, you might reflect on your beliefs about self-awareness. Please feel free to share them in the comments section.

Objective Self-Awareness in Psychology

Using Self-Awareness Theory and Skills in Psychology (2)In the late 1800s, William James made a distinction between the subjective and objective self.

Since then, self-awareness has been the interest of many psychologists (Brownell, Zerwas, & Ramani, 2007). The quest to define when the self emerges, why it is important, and what it means in our development is ongoing.

From a developmental theory perspective, children become self-aware at about 18 months old (Brownell et al., 2007). This period marks the beginning of the “terrible twos” that many parents know too well. Their child begins behaving more independently. They see themselves as separate from others and recognize themselves in mirrors. Their new favorite word is ‘no.’ This is an example of subjective awareness.

Rochat (2003) asserted that five levels of self-awareness exist early in a child’s life. These happen sequentially by about the age of four or five.

They are:

Level 0 – Confusion. The child is unable to see a difference between self and the reflection of self.
Level 1 – Differentiation. The child begins to understand that the mirror is a reflection of the environment. They see that something is different.
Level 2 – Situation. This marks the start of understanding the uniqueness of the self, as seen in a mirror. The child recognizes that the reflection is “out there” in relation to their actual body.
Level 3 – Identification. Recognition that the mirror image is the self becomes clearer.
Level 4 – Permanence. The child recognizes themself in pictures and videos, even when that self is the younger self.
Level 5 – Self-consciousness or “meta” self-awareness. The child is aware of self and how others perceive them.

Objective self-awareness, according to the American Psychological Association (n.d.), is “a reflective state of self-focused attention.” It involves assessing oneself as compared to others and then correcting behaviors and beliefs as needed. When differences exist between our ideal and actual selves, we experience unease. To fix this, we look outside of ourselves to others.

With Rochat’s (2003) levels in mind then, objective self-awareness happens after level five. Self-regulation, another key concept in developmental literature, is more difficult without objective self-awareness. Self-regulation is our ability to control our actions and impulses. People who can do this are more likely to achieve their goals. They also tend to meet specified standards of behavior. Find more self-regulation tools here.

A Look at the Work of Duval and Wicklund

In 1972, Duval and Wicklund developed the idea of objective self-awareness. They asserted that at any given moment, a person could be self-focused or other-focused. Further, they believed that inward focus involved comparing the self with standards.

These standards arise from interactions with the external environment. Once internalized, the individual may make adjustments to their thoughts and behaviors. The more self-focused a person is, the more self-aware the person becomes.

To test their ideas, they conducted a series of experiments. In one study, they sought to determine if opinions and performance would change if the subject became more self-aware. A series of three experiments showed this to be the case (Wicklund & Duval, 1971).

Subjects who were tape-recorded, exposed to a TV camera, or faced a mirror while performing a task showed increased self-awareness. Subjects’ opinions aligned with a specified standard (experiment 1 and 2), or their performance improved (experiment 3).

Duval’s and Wicklund’s research is the basis for contemporary research in the area of self-awareness generally and objective self-awareness specifically. Their work demonstrated that empirical study of self-focused attention was possible (Morin, 2011).

A Look at the Theory in Social Psychology

Using Self-Awareness Theory and Skills in Psychology (3)Social psychology is a branch of psychology that studies human interactions.

Thus, it makes sense that self-awareness is of interest to these researchers. Scientists want to know the origins and effects of our interactions.

An understanding of the interplay between increased self-awareness and standards is important.

Some questions explored by social psychologists include:

  • Is there such a thing as an automatic comparison of self to standards (Silvia & Phillips, 2013)?
  • What are the effects of public and private self-awareness on de-individuation and aggression (Prentice-Dunn & Rogers, 1982)?
  • How does self-awareness affect leadership (Showry & Manasa, 2014)?
  • Is consumer behavior affected by self-awareness? If so, how (Ertimur & Lavoie, 2019)?
  • How does culture affect self-awareness (Heine, Takemoto, Moskalenko, Lasaleta, & Henrich, 2008)?

The study of self-awareness within social psychology is ongoing. It is an area filled with dynamic research and is not without criticism (Silvia & Duval, 2001). Silvia and Duval highlight three areas needing further attention:

  • How expectancies influence approach and avoidance of self-standard discrepancies
  • The nature of standards
  • The role of causal attribution in directing discrepancy reduction

7 Examples of Self-Awareness Theory

Self-awareness is being “in-tune” with yourself in relationship to others, too. If you are a boss who does not listen to your staff, then you might not realize their perception of you. One management tool often used to address this is 360-degree feedback.

Some other examples of the theory include our awareness of:

  • Our actions in the moment
  • Attitudes about our actions in the moment
  • Our emotions in the moment
  • How we want others to perceive us
  • Our appearance
  • Inner conflicts (e.g., between your beliefs and actions)
  • Our beliefs and values
  • Other peoples’ attitudes, feelings, and beliefs

An inability to develop self-awareness can make situations uncomfortable for others. It also can lead to greater conflict.

For some people, their lack of self-awareness is out of their control, such as those with certain neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, anosognosia, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder), neurological and developmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder), and brain injury.

In some of these situations, a person still can learn to become more self-aware (Huang et al., 2017; Shany-Ur et al., 2014).

What Is Self-Perception Theory and How Does It Differ?

Using Self-Awareness Theory and Skills in Psychology (4)Daryl Bem (1972) developed a theory of basic human attitude formation: People observe their own behavior, and then decide what attitudes caused the behavior.

There is no experience required or necessary. Bem believed that people use this same approach when interpreting the behavior of others. Behavior happens; emotion follows.

For example, try this:

Look into a mirror and scowl. Do this for several minutes. Then, ask yourself how you are feeling. Are you angry? Irritable? Annoyed? Your behavior led to the emotion.

Another example is the idea behind faking it until you make it. Maybe you have had a horrible day, but because you agreed to attend a social function, you feel obligated to show up. After arriving, people do what everyone expects. They greet you, you greet them, and everyone smiles. Before you know it, you have forgotten about whatever irritated you. You feel happier or less irritated because you imitated the expected “nod and smile” behavior.

One difference between the two theories is that self-perception asserts that behavior precedes emotion. This happens without an explicit comparison to others’ attitudes or behaviors.

What Are Self-Awareness Skills?

Daniel Goleman (2012) describes self-awareness skills as “knowing what we’re feeling and why. They are the basis for good intuition and decision-making. [Self-awareness] is a moral compass.” His theory of emotional intelligence (Hay Group, 2005) describes three competencies involved in self-awareness:

  • Emotional self-awareness – Recognizing our own emotions and their effects
  • Accurate self-assessment – Knowing our own strengths and limits
  • Self-confidence – Having a strong sense of our self-worth and capabilities

These three skills are critical to the development of emotional intelligence (Goleman, 2012). We already understand that humans are social animals. Our communication often occurs at an unconscious level (Mlodinow, 2012).

Think back to a time when you were not having a good day. With whom did you communicate? Whether the person knew you well or not does not matter. In most cases, humans are very accurate at detecting unconscious communication. Becoming more self-aware can lead to more relational success within our various communities.

7 Ways to Improve Self-Awareness Skills

Using Self-Awareness Theory and Skills in Psychology (5)We have touched on some of the research about the role self-awareness plays in our lives.

Now, the question is, how do we get better at this skill?Fortunately, there are several ways to do this.

You can try each of the strategies below to determine which fits you best:

  1. Learn to meditate. If this seems daunting, start with as few as 30 seconds of slow, deep breathing.
  2. Seek feedback. Sometimes, we do not know our strengths or weaknesses. Asking others helps us see where we can improve and where we already excel.
  3. Learn to write, track, and analyze your goals. As you see yourself accomplishing goals, you gain insights into what drives you.
  4. Use personality and character trait assessments to gain insights. Examples include the VIA Character Survey and StrengthsFinder, but there are other surveys.
  5. Journal. Allow yourself to free-write or use prompts. Both help you gain a different perspective on your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.
  6. Write morning pages. This idea is from Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. Every morning, write three longhand pages of whatever comes to your mind. Even if all you write for three pages is, “I can’t think of anything to write,” that is okay. The point is to allow yourself to get everything out of your head before you begin your day. It might look like a jumble of mismatched rubbish. It might also come together into something you could follow up on later. This is a stream of consciousness writing, not plotting and planning. Do not reread your pages, unless of course, an idea for something cool surfaces (A kernel for a book? A solution to a problem?). You might learn something surprising about who you are, what you value, and what matters to you most.
  7. Albert Ellis’s ABCs. Each of us experiences activating events (A) that trigger negative emotional responses. These emotional responses surface as internal dialogue or beliefs (B) and can lead to negative consequences (C). Ellis developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to help people better deal with the irrational beliefs associated with adverse events. REBT increases our self-awareness by teaching us to “identify, challenge, and replace self-defeating beliefs with healthier ones that promote emotional wellbeing and goal achievement” (Albert Ellis Institute, n.d.).

You can also check out our selection of self-awareness books to help you improve your skills.

7 Useful Activities and Exercises

It is time for a deep dive into specific practices you can adopt and adapt in your pursuit of self-awareness. Each of these works with individuals and groups.

1. Make a date with yourself

Artist dates, another exercise created by Julia Cameron, are a fun way to explore your creative side. Once per week, think of one thing that would be fun to learn or explore. For example, be a tourist in your own town. What can you discover that you did not already know? Decide to search for a specific shape while going for a walk.

There are countless ways you could experience artist dates. Your expeditions are bound to spark your imagination. They also might help you better connect with your creative self. Who are you when you are at your most creative? Are you more playful?

To adapt the example to a small group setting, invite the group to each choose one thing for which they will search. Then head outside. Allow up to 15 minutes for the exploration. When everyone returns, group members can journal about their experience. The facilitator can also invite group members to share their experiences.

2. The Johari Window

Counselor Carl explains the concept behind this exercise beautifully in the video below. The task is a combined self and other assessment. The insights you gain help you become more self-aware. If you want to explore the approach, visit

From the site, you will see a list of adjectives. You identify five to six words that describe you and then share a link with others. When your friends and colleagues give you feedback, they can do so anonymously. You do not need to sign up for anything.

3. Paradigm shift

You will need large colored images or advertisements for this exercise. From your pile, choose one picture. Cut the image into smaller pieces so that you cannot determine what it was before. Create a new design and give it a title. If you are doing this with someone else, explain what the new image is and what it was originally. When finished, consider these questions:

  • How did it feel to convert one image to another?
  • How difficult was it to “let go” of the first picture?
  • What is necessary to “let go” of one thing so that something new can take its place?
  • When have you successfully done this or seen it done in the past?

4. Who are these people?

Sometimes it can be challenging to shift our thinking. We get comfortable with where we are and who we have become. Besides, change can be scary and hard. In this exercise, you must decipher a list of 10 anagrams. For example:

  5. LOG REF
  10. IS TART

When you finish, reflect on these questions,

  • What prevented you from seeing the answers?
  • What helped you solve the anagrams?
  • What ideas or beliefs do you hold that serve as restrictions or constraints?

5. Mind over body

Do you believe that what we think affects how our body responds? For this exercise, you will need a partner. Ask your friend to stand in front of you, eyes closed, and call to mind a positive experience.

When they are ready, instruct them to nod. Ask your partner to raise their dominant arm shoulder height and make a fist. Their arm should be parallel to the floor and in front of them. Tell your partner to state their name as you attempt to push their arm down. Now, it is your turn.

Follow the same procedure as before, but this time, you will recall an unpleasant memory. When your partner instructs you to raise your arm, you will say a fictitious name instead of your own. Chances are your partner’s arm didn’t lower much, if at all, but yours did.

Think about this:

  • What is the typical impact on our bodies when we are happy and honest?
  • What is the typical impact on our body when we are feeling negative or untruthful?

6. Maori Intuitive Drawing Exercise

Maori Medicine Men of New Zealand used this as a way to help people assess their life. Done annually, usually on their birthday, the person explores their past, present, and future through drawing a picture.

Draw a large circle on a piece of paper, creating what the Maori would call a ‘sacred space’ for yourself on the page. On the back of the paper, write these words:

Bird path

Draw these eight symbols into your sacred space anywhere you like. Take as much time as you want. After you finish, add a dotted horizontal and vertical line to divide the paper into four quadrants. The explanation is lengthy. Look for it here. This is a wonderful activity to do every year.

7. Self-reflecting on Emotional Intelligence

This exercise, developed by Dr. Hugo Alberts, focuses on assisting you in assessing your ability to:

  • Understand your emotions
  • Understand others’ emotions
  • Regulate your emotions
  • Use your emotions to improve yourself

For each of the above areas, you appraise your current abilities and how you can strengthen them. Alberts includes several questions to prompt your reflection.

For example, if you are trying to understand your emotions better, ponder these:

  1. How good am I at identifying how I am feeling?
  2. How well do I know whether I am happy or not?
  3. How well am I able to notice when I am angry, sad, bored, etc.?
  4. How good am I at identifying emotional swings in myself?

After considering the list of questions, write your current analysis. Then, write about how you think you could strengthen your skills in that area. Each appraisal section averages six questions.

In a group setting, the facilitator can introduce this with an example. After discussing the example, group members work independently. Time constraints may not allow for the completion of each appraisal during a workshop.

There are a few ways to handle this:

  • If the group is meeting over a few days, this can be homework.
  • If the group is only meeting once, then the trainer can encourage completion at home.
  • If the group reconvenes, participants can share their insights in small groups. The facilitator also can invite large group sharing for those who are comfortable.

Sharing with others is optional and not part of the original activity. Alberts also provides a list of suggested readings. You can learn more about this tool and others in the Positive Psychology Toolkit©.

A Take-Home Message

Self-awareness is one of the best ways to create a harmonious life. Like a muscle that atrophies without use, a lack of self-awareness can erode our relationships, not only with others but also ourselves.

Luckily, we do not have to allow that to happen. Exercises like meditation, journaling, and others that involve consistent reflection strengthen our self-awareness.

What will you do today to become more self-aware?

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our three Self-Compassion Exercises for free.


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What is self-awareness theory in psychology? ›

Self-awareness theory, developed by Duval and Wicklund in their 1972 landmark book A theory of objective self awareness, states that when we focus our attention on ourselves, we evaluate and compare our current behavior to our internal standards and values.

How self-awareness make you more effective in your skills development? ›

Self-awareness helps managers identify gaps in their management skills, which promotes skill development. But self-awareness also helps managers find situations in which they will be most effective, assists with intuitive decision making, and aids stress management and motivation of oneself and others.

What is an example of self-awareness in psychology? ›

For example, you may notice yourself tensing up as you are preparing for an important meeting. Noticing the physical sensations and correctly attributing them to your anxiety about the meeting would be an example of private self-awareness.

Why is self-awareness important in psychology? ›

Self-awareness allows us to see things from the perspective of others, practice self-control, work creatively and productively, and experience pride in ourselves and our work as well as general self-esteem (Silvia & O'Brien, 2004). It leads to better decision making (Ridley, Schutz, Glanz, & Weinstein, 1992).

How do you measure self-awareness in psychology? ›

Self-awareness questions on personality
  1. Describe yourself in three words.
  2. Ask yourself if your personality has changed since childhood.
  3. Is your personality like either of your parents?
  4. What qualities do you most admire in yourself?
  5. What is your biggest weakness?
  6. What is your biggest strength?
  7. What things scare you?
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What are three benefits of self-awareness? ›

Benefits of developing self-awareness:

Being better able to manage and regulate your emotions. Better communication. Better decision-making skills. Improved relationships.

How does self-awareness improve communication skills? ›

Self-Awareness is having a clear understanding of your personality, your thoughts, emotions and ultimate behaviours. It allows you to better understand how you affect other people, how they perceive you and how you ultimately manage your responses to them making sure they are an important part of the conversation.

What is the importance of self-awareness in the process of improving one's communication skills? ›

Increasing your self-awareness allows you to communicate more honestly, with greater openness to the feedback you might receive. As a consequence, you will communicate more effectively with those around you.

What are self-awareness skills examples? ›

Self-Awareness Examples
  • Embrace a growth mindset. It's natural to be set in our ways. ...
  • Set boundaries. ...
  • Recognize destructive habits. ...
  • Understand your blind spots. ...
  • Get better at anticipating things so you can come up with an action plan. ...
  • Pay attention. ...
  • Ask the right questions. ...
  • Help others become more self-aware.
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What is a good example of self-awareness? ›

We'll cover some of these examples in-depth here: Being able to focus on something positive when in a negative situation. Being able to recognize a bad habit and the effect it can have on you. Learn about your emotional triggers, so you can better deal with negative emotions like anger or hate.

How does self-awareness affect psychological well being? ›

Being self-aware helps not just build a strong therapeutic relationship, but also helps a lay person make more imformed decisions, and contributes to one's overall wellbeing. It is important to remember that self-awareness is an individual's ability to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of one's own character.

What is the main purpose of self-awareness? ›

Practicing self-awareness is about learning to better understand why you feel what you feel and why you behave in a particular way. Having this awareness gives you the opportunity and freedom to change things about yourself, enabling you to create a life that you want.

What is self-awareness and why is it important in counseling? ›

Self-awareness includes being aware of one's own physical, emotional, and mental health in order to take care of one's self and to best serve the client. Master counselors are aware of their personal and unresolved issues that may negatively affect therapy (Jennings et al., 2005).

Is self-awareness a skill? ›

You might hear people talk about self-awareness as an important skill — not just for kids, but for adults, too. Self-awareness is the ability to tune in to your own feelings, thoughts, and actions. When people are self-aware, they understand their strengths and challenges and know what helps them thrive.

What are 7 factors that influence your self-awareness? ›

Here are some tips to help you increase your self-awareness and propel your leadership potential.
  • Feel your feelings. Feelings matter. ...
  • Seek feedback. Knowing yourself is not just an inside job. ...
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. ...
  • Practice mindfulness. ...
  • Keep an open mind. ...
  • Keep a journal. ...
  • Follow your values.

What are the strengths of self-awareness? ›

Self-awareness is the ability to monitor your own emotions and reactions. It lets you know your strengths, weaknesses, triggers, motivators and other characteristics. Being self-aware means taking a deeper look at your emotions, why you feel a certain way, and how your sentiments could turn into reactions.

What are the 4 keys to self-awareness? ›

These four keys – being intentional, thinking differently, building skills, and changing your context – can make a vital difference in moving from passive self-awareness to dynamic action.

What are the two major aspects of self-awareness? ›

Self-awareness stems from reflecting on three aspects of the 'Self':
  • 1) 'I-Self' – This aspect answers the question, 'How do I see myself? ...
  • 2) 'Me-Self' – This answers the question of 'How do others see me? ...
  • 3) 'Ideal-Self' – This answers the question of 'How do I want others to see me?
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Why is self-awareness important in interpersonal relationships? ›

And finally, when you are more self aware you are also more aware of the thoughts and feelings of others, and how your actions may impact these. This higher level of compassion allows you to communicate more clearly with your partner, establish clearer boundaries, and be more open and loving.

Why is self-awareness important for success? ›

If you aren't self-aware, then you risk being your own worst enemy in ways that you might not even notice. Self-awareness means knowing your deepest flaws, your strongest attributes, your core guiding beliefs, and your biggest ambitions inside and out.

What is an important tool for improving self-awareness? ›

Starting a mindfulness practice is another way to increase self-awareness. There are a variety of activities to include in a mindfulness practice. Find a few ideas to inspire you to incorporate meditation, yoga, or some other variation to improve your presence.

How do you practice concepts of self-awareness in your daily lives? ›

If you want to cultivate or enhance self-awareness, here's what mental health experts recommend:
  1. Be curious about who you are. ...
  2. Let your walls down. ...
  3. Look in the mirror — literally. ...
  4. Keep a journal and note what triggers positive feelings. ...
  5. Substitute some screen time with people time. ...
  6. Ask others how they see you.
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Why is self-awareness the most important in emotional intelligence? ›

When you enhance your self-awareness, it allows you to better understand your emotions and reactions. Individuals with strengths in this area are: Aware of their own emotional reactions. Skilled at differentiating among a range of emotional states.

What factors influence self-awareness? ›

Your childhood, society, the media, and people in your life can all add or take away from how you feel about yourself. Studies have shown that people who have an unhealthy self-esteem are more likely to experience fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

Why is self-awareness important for professional development? ›

Being self-aware allows you to identify both your strengths and weaknesses. With your strengths, you can assess the factors that helped you succeed and improve those factors for more consistent results. Self-awareness also allows you to examine your weaknesses and identify ways for improvement with self-compassion.

How to use self-awareness in Counselling? ›

There are several opportunities for you to practice self-awareness such as asking yourself hard questions, being honest with yourself, and seeking help when you're unable to solve issues on your own. Use this information as a guide to help you mindfully meet yourself with what's needed at the moment.

What are the 3 stages of self-awareness? ›

There are 3 Stages of Self-awareness to self-mastery in all areas of your life, especially persona, business and money:
  • Self-awareness. How aware are you of your strengths & weaknesses? ...
  • Self-education. How much are you investing in yourself? ...
  • Self-mastery. Do you plan your day around your energy levels?
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What is the theory of awareness? ›

In the attention schema theory, awareness is part of the control machinery for attention. It is the internal model of attention, the attention schema. Without awareness, attention is still possible but suffers from deficits in control.

What is self-awareness in Johari Window? ›

The Johari Window model develops internal and external self-awareness. It helps you become aware of how others see you in contrast to how you see yourself. A good outcome is a perfect alignment between how you see yourself and others see you.

What are the 5 reasons self-awareness is important? ›

5 Reasons Self-Awareness is Critical to Your Success
  • It Builds Trust and Credibility. ...
  • It Makes You a More Effective Manager. ...
  • It Allows You to Evolve as a Leader. ...
  • It Leads to More Strategic Hiring Decisions. ...
  • It Positively Impacts Financial Performance.

What are self-awareness skills? ›

Self-awareness is the ability to monitor your own emotions and reactions. It lets you know your strengths, weaknesses, triggers, motivators and other characteristics. Being self-aware means taking a deeper look at your emotions, why you feel a certain way, and how your sentiments could turn into reactions.

What are the 4 keys of self-awareness? ›

These four keys – being intentional, thinking differently, building skills, and changing your context – can make a vital difference in moving from passive self-awareness to dynamic action.

What is a theory of objective self-awareness? ›

Objective Self-awareness (OSA) theory described a self-system in which the locus of conscious attention automatically influenced one's levels of self-evaluation. In this original conceptualization, the scientists viewed the system as consisting of a self (a person's knowledge of themselves) and standards.

What is the theory about self-awareness in students? ›

Self-awareness theory suggests that individuals who are more cognizant of how they are perceived by others are better at incorporating information from others into their self-appraisals and, ultimately, into their behavior.

Who created the self-awareness theory? ›

Self-awareness theory was first developed by Shelley Duval and Robert Wicklund in 1972. They hypothesized that individuals can either focus on the external environment or the internal environment at any given moment. To test their hypothesis, they conducted several experiments.

What are the two techniques used in Johari Window? ›

Johari window model is based upon two things – to acquire the trust of others by revealing your information to them and by learning about yourself through feedback by others.

How you can use Johari's concept to attain personal development? ›

The important idea behind the Johari Window is that it can help us better understand more about ourselves, which ultimately creates another level of self-awareness. This is a very basic and simple tool, although it gives us useful information as to how others see us and how we see ourselves in relation to them.

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