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Wealthy actress with self-awareness deficit criticizes Trump women for their ‘privilege’ – Washington Examiner

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Chloe Grace Moretz is making it too easy. In an interview with Variety published Tuesday, the 20-year-old actress took a swipe at the women of the Trump family that betrayed a next-level lack of self-awareness.

"Some people are in a bubble?" "Veiled curtains of privilege?"

Of Moretz's 20 years on earth, she has spent 13 in the thick bubble of show business. By the age of 19, she had purchased a $3.4 million, 56,000-square-foot home outside Los Angeles.

Speaking of people being "aware of their surroundings," does Moretz's personal "compass of what is real" point out that she is quite literally surrounded by a home gym and a spa? Or by wealthy, coastal entertainment industry insiders? Perhaps the view of her own wealth and insulation is blocked by those annoying "curtains of privilege" she so detests.

Don't get me wrong, Moretz deserves to enjoy her successes and run on a treadmill in the comfort of her own home. But, you know how the saying goes, those who live in massive glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people who live in massive glass houses for living in massive glass houses. Did I get that right?

Next time, Moretz might do well to heed her own advice.

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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7 Reasons Self-Awareness Leads to Success – PayScale Career News (blog)

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There are so many different skills that experts say can help you attain professional success. Some are especially valued in some lines of work, but dont matter much in others. But, some of the most important skills are extremely valuable regardless of industry.

Self-awareness is one of those most essential skills for any professional, regardless of what you do for a living. It can help lead to success in so many ways.

When you know yourself, you know your strengths. This gives you a better understanding of the unique qualities you bring to your interactions with others and to your work. You can lean on your strengths during difficult times to help you, and others, get through.

Similarly, its important to understand your weaknesses in order to continue to grow professionally. This is more difficult than it seems at first. It can be hard to take a good, honest look in the mirror. But, self-awareness can help you pinpoint what you need to improve.

We need to be self-aware enough to get that were only human in order to face our strengths and our weaknesses with maturity. When you develop self-awareness, it makes it easier to take the good with the bad, forgive yourself, and move forward.

Self-awareness can help improve your career because it makes it easier to understand how others see you. This is key for success. Its essential to be aware of the perceptions of higher-ups, of course, but its also important to know how you come off when youre working in a leadership capacity.

Put simply, the qualities commonly associated with management and leadership being authoritative, decisive, forceful, perhaps somewhat controlling,if not moderated by a high degree of awareness as to how one comes across and is perceived by others, are also qualities that have the potential to easily alienate those on the receiving end, writes Victor Lipman at Forbes.

In another Forbes article, Lipman addresses the important topic of leadership and self-awareness. He highlights a study that was conducted in 2010 by Green Peak Partners andCornells School of Industrial and Labor Relations. This study looked at 72 executives, and concluded that high self-awareness often correlates with achieving high degrees of success as a leader. Per the research:

Leadership searches give short shrift to self-awareness, which should actually be a top criterion. Interestingly, a high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall success. This is not altogether surprising as executives who are aware of their weaknesses are often better able to hire subordinates who perform well in categories in which the leader lacks acumen. These leaders are also more able to entertain the idea that someone on their team may have an idea that is even better than their own.

Self-awareness goes a long way toward improving people-skills overall. Without it, youre more likely to misunderstand situations and misread people. You learn to understand other people a little better once you yourself have become more self-aware. After all, how can you really have a mature understanding of what its like to be someone else if you dont have a good understanding of your own experiences.

Its often better to focus on your own actions rather than on others, especially when trying to solve a problem. People who are self-aware start by examining what they can change, personally, in order to succeed. Others might begin by pointing a finger at others.

Self-awareness leads to self-responsibility. And, that goes a long way to support positive behaviors and positive interpersonal relationships. Chances are that developing better self-awareness will have a positive impact on your personal life, too.

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‘Difficult People’ star Julie Klausner: making it look easy – Norfolk Daily News

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NEW YORK (AP) Perhaps no show in TV history ever had a title that was better suited to it: Difficult People.

In this Hulu comedy, 30-something best friends Julie and Billy form a pushy, shameless united front as they wage war with New York and the world of show business they half-heartedly are trying to break into.

The upshot for viewers as they feast on this screwball, cringey series third season (which premieres Tuesday): Their difficulty not busting a gut.

Difficult People flings snark at Woody Allen, David Blaine, Passover, unhinged subway riders, a government initiative to deprogram gays, and Alcoholics Anonymous.

It finds Julie and Billy ducking into a church sanctuary to charge their phones but, when she finds no outlet there, blurting out indignantly, What is this place good for?

The show spoofs drug advertising with its commercial for Ridshadovan, an antidepressant that personifies depression as a sour, cronish woman who stalks the sufferer (including Julie, who finds this TV sourpuss actually stalking her).

The difficult duo of Difficult People are portrayed by Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, with the jams they get into flowing from the mind of Klausner, who also created and writes the show.

Its a love story, she says. Granted, Julie lives with an ever-submissive partner (played by James Urbaniak, one among the series splendid troupe). Billy, a gay man, looks elsewhere for his flings.

But Billy and Julie share a transcendent bond.

The fact that we are so loyal to each other buys us a lot of real estate in the Being Horrible Department, Klausner says.

So its them against the world, armed with rat-a-tat, pop-culture-powered dialogue that spares nothing and no one. (Ever since President Trump replaced the Department of Health with Jenny McCarthys blog, says Billy, nothing makes sense.)

One of the most romantic things of all is finding someone you can hate everything else with, Klausner notes. Theres definitely a lot of opinions expressed by these characters. And a lot of agreement: They harmonize in stirring up their chaos.

The real-life team of Klausner and Eichner first joined forces on Billy on the Street, the breathless sidewalk quiz show for which she served as a producer. Its off-the-cuff style and pop-culture frenzy is akin to the meticulously scripted Difficult People she would mastermind soon after.

I spent more time with TV and movies than I did playing outside with people my age, the way healthy children are supposed to do, says Klausner, explaining her store of knowledge. Popular culture is the language I speak. And Billy speaks it too.

Earlier in her career, she applied that passion to churning out recaps of reality-show episodes. (Which, between auditions and capers with Billy, is what Julie does for money on Difficult People.)

For Klausner, recaps provided a great training ground for writing snappy commentary. She loved it.

But there is something about recap culture that feels like youre on the outside looking in, she says. Youre commenting on something that you really want to be making instead. So I definitely leaned into that with the character Julie, who feels like an outsider and is really frustrated.

Obviously, Real-Life-Julie and TV-Julie part ways in many respects. The red hair, air of mischief, and rapid-fire delivery are all the same.

But Im not stupid, and she kinda is, says Klausner, citing one distinction. She knows a lot about certain things. But she has no self-awareness. She is not enough of an adult to learn how to play the game. She doesnt do the work. Shes very stubborn: Ill stay exactly the way I am, and the world will come around to me.

Also: Unlike TV-Julie, mired lackadaisically with her boyfriend, Real-Life-Julie is currently single.

Im very picky, she cracks I want someone who is damaged in a very specific way.

Finally: What about Klausners emotional state?

In a touching scene, TV-Julie declares, I am an unhappy person. But the alternative is being somebody I dont know.

Klausner admits depression is definitely something Ive struggled with, but bursting out with a laugh, she adds, Im happier than I was before I had the TV show!

And the show is very therapeutic. Its definitely very helpful to be able to write about being a quote-unquote unhappy person, and in the process become a happier person and make other people feel like theyre not alone.

Thats what she demonstrates with Difficult People: You never feel alone when youre laughing.

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Sidney B. Simon: Advises self-awareness to avoid driving mishaps – GazetteNET

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I read with great interest the report from Hadley Police Sgt. Mitchell Kuc, who remarked that the majority of the 400-500 accidents they dealt with happen on the towns Main Drag, Route 9 (Hadley police get unexpected clue in search for hit-and-run suspect, July 5).

It made me think about the causes, how fast they happen, and which are ones I am sometimes guilty of. I hope those who read this will look inside themselves, as well. Eight possible causes of fender benders:

1. Cell Phone behavior.

2. Reaching to change the station on the radio.

3. Driving with food or drink in one hand.

4. Distracted by someone walking by.

5. Leaning down to change the air conditioning controls.

6. Distracted by someone in a car in the opposite lane.

7. Following too close to be able to stop in time when the car in front of you suddenly jams on the brakes.

8. Finally, being too greedy to get ahead in the merges where double lanes get squeezed into one.

Id hate to see my lovely 1995 Toyota Celica Convertible banged by anyone doing any of these 8 dangerous and often mindless causes of accidents.

Sidney B. Simon

Hadley

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Yoga helps foster deeper self awareness – Calgary Herald

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You may have heard Yoga practice compared to the lotus flower, the flower of a thousand petals that grows in muddy waters.The metaphor that we are like the lotus flower, continuously creating and recreating itself and a reminder that we are in a constant state of renewal.

Yoga instructor Johanna Steinfeld demonstrates the viparita virabhadrasana with tree support pose.Gavin Young / Postmedia

The dedicated practitioner of Yoga practice will observe a multitude of blessings present and unfold themselves slowly and overtime.These are experienced initially by the physical body in forms of more flexibility, strength and improved ability to balance.Later on they are experienced more deeply as one penetrates the layers of the body to the more subtle realm and to fostering a quieter more relaxed mind.One will cultivate a deeper internal intelligence and learn how to listen and adjust to what the body is trying to tell you.

Yoga instructor Johanna Steinfeld demonstrates the modified adho mukha svanasana / downward facing dog with tree support.Gavin Young / Postmedia

The longer we have a relationship to our Yoga practice the more deeply these things unfold and open.

Like a cherished relationship that deepens and evolves over time, Yoga is the doorway to creating a strong and healthy relationship with all parts of yourself

Our bodies are made for full movement and huge range of motions.Yoga has us exploring movement in every direction and encourages us to keep our bodies connected, healthy and aligned.We practicepostures that work the left side of the body, the right side of the body and the centre line of the body.We expand, extend and work at opening the body in every plane and to moving with more awareness.And along the way, we grow ourselves from the inside out.

Yoga instructor Johanna Steinfeld demonstrates the modified virabhadrasana I / warrior 1 with tree to support the chest and shoulder opening for her August 2017 yoga column.Gavin Young / Postmedia

Overtime we learn to attune to what is happening deep within us.We have one side thats stronger and one side thats weaker.One side that is more open and one side that is more tight.Sometimes the disparity is obvious and sometimes it is more subtle.

Yoga practice shows us these subtle imbalances with constant illumination.We learn to work with the body to help create ease caused by misalignment and lack of awareness.And along the way we are bringing back to life what may have gone to sleep.

An example from one of my personal habits is that I hold my head slightly tilted to the right. I have learned that when I do this my ribs shift slightly to the left, my right hip lifts a little higher than the left and I am putting more weight and more pressure onto my right knee.Now that I am awake to the effects this small head tilt has on my body, I am working hard to break this habit and carry my entire structure in better balance.It is not easy to break our personal habits, but the work and effort will hopefully help elude bigger problems down the road.

The following poses will encourage you to stretch out both sides of your body.Pay attention to where things are tight.Move slowly and with your breathPractice patience, practice awareness and practice Yoga tree is optionalTo be guided in and out of each of the following poses, follow along with the attached video.

Be advised that it is always best to practice under the watchful eye of a dedicated Yoga teacher to grow your practice safely and slowly.

May your practice grow like the lotus flower, and may you be at home in the muddy waters.

Johanna Steinfeld teaches Yoga to people just like you in Calgary SW. http://www.itsjustyoga.comJoin me for a Yoga Vacation and Retreat at the Villa Sumaya eco resort on beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatamala this October.All levels of Yogis encouragedwww.itsjustyoga.com/guatamala2017

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Pierre Teilhard De Chardin Information

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(1) Science and Christ
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Science_and_Christ.pdf

(2) Appearance Of Man
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Appearance_of_Man.pdf

(3) Christianity and Evolution
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Christianity_and_Evolution.pdf

(4) Let Me Explain
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Let_Me_Explain.pdf

(5) The Phenomenon of Man
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/phenomenon-of-man.pdf

(6) The Future of Man
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Future_of_Man.pdf

(7) Toward the Future
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Toward_the_Future.pdf

(8) Heart of Matter
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Heart_of_Matter.pdf

(9) Letters to Two Friends
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Letters_to_Two_Friends.pdf

(10) The Divine Milieu
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/The_Divine_Milieu.pdf

(11) Writings in Time of War
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Writings_in_Time_of_War.pdf

(12) Letters From A Traveler
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Letters_from_a_Traveller.pdf

(13) Human Energy
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Human_Energy.pdf

(14) Hymn of the Universe
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Hymn_of_the_Universe.pdf

(15) Man's Place in Nature
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Mans_Place_in_Nature.pdf

(16) On Love and Happiness
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/on_love_happiness.pdf

(17) Vision of the Past
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Vision_of_the_Past.pdf

(18) Letters to Lucile Swan
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Letters_to_Lucile_Swan.pdf

(19) Letters to Leontine Zanta
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Letters_to_Leontine_Zanta.pdf

(20) Activation of Energy
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Activation_of_Energy.pdf

(21) The Making of a Mind
https://www.consciousevolution.tv/pdfs/Teilhard_de_Chardin_Pierre_-_The_Making_of_a_Mind.pdf

Getting to Know Who I Am (SELF-AWARENESS & IDENTITY)

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From birth, every child begins to construct a unique identity. This identity, or mental picture of themselves, helps give them a sense of who they are, who they can be, and where they fit in the world.

Childrens identities are shaped by many factors including their physical appearance, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, strengths, education, relationships, social roles, media and culture. They might reflect this identity in a myriad of ways through their choice of clothes, hairstyle, music, physiology, language, attitudes, behaviours, interests, activities, and groups to which they belong. And as they get older and have new experiences, their identities will evolve and grow.

Helping children get to know who they are, what they are capable of, and all the things that make them special, is an important part of their development. For as their sense of self develops, so too does their confidence, self-esteem, and ability to achieve their true potential. And ...

... once you see a childs self-image begin to improve, you will see significant gains in achievement areas, but even more importantly, you will see a child who is beginning to enjoy life more (Wayne Dyer).

A good way to help children become aware of how they are deriving their sense of identity is to get them to watch out for I statements. For example I am ... reveals a childs beliefs about who they are; I can .... reflects what they think they can do; I have ... indicates the things or possessions they use to define themselves; and I like refers to their personal preferences or likes. But the important thing is to notice the words they use to finish these sentences, because any time they start with an "I" statement, they are effectively creating what they will do and experience in life.

Getting children to identify their strengths is a particularly useful step in this self-awareness process. Thats because every child, regardless of their individual circumstances, has strengths that are unique to them. Recognising their strengths allows them to positively focus on what they are doing successfully, as well as consider how they can apply their strengths to bring about the changes they want in their lives.

But it is important to note that a childs identity can only ever be a perception of who they think they are. In fact, the word identification is derived from the Latin word idem, meaning same and facere, which means to make. In other words, children choose to make certain things the same as themselves, or part of their identity, based on the way they perceive the world. The problem is when children base their identities on faulty thinking; for example, I didnt do well in the test again. Im an idiot, a failure, a loser. But just because they think this way, doesnt make it the truth, nor does it serve any useful purpose. And in holding onto this false identity, they essentially rob themselves of their true potential. Thats because when they label themselves as a certain type of person, only capable of limited things, then they can only ever hope for limited outcomes.

The key then, is to help children stick to the facts, not be so limited in their definitions of who they think they are, and always use positive "I" statements. For what what they think and believe about themselves will affect everything they do and achieve in life.

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Helping People Get to Know Themselves

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Telling your story helps people get to know you.

Developing self-awareness is important for better relationships and for a more fulfilling life, both in the workplace and at home.

With a good understanding of how we relate to others, we can adjust our behavior so that we deal with them positively. By understanding what upsets us, we can improve our self-control. And by understanding our weaknesses, we can learn how to manage them, and reach our goals despite them.

However, it's difficult to be objective when we think about ourselves, and how others actually see us can be quite different from what we think they see.

There are ways in which people can develop self-awareness on their own. However, coaching can be a better way of helping people view their own actions and reactions objectively, so it's useful for helping people to build self-awareness.

In this article we'll look at six approaches that you can use to help others build this self-awareness.

Some of the approaches we describe are useful generally within the workplace, while others are only really appropriate in situations where the person you're coaching has a very close and trusting relationship with you. Choose the approach that suits the situation.

As with all types of coaching, feedback is important. But feedback - even very accurate feedback - can be nothing more than interesting information, unless it causes the person being coached to change his or her perspective in quite a fundamental way. Do what you can to support these changes in perspective.

Psychometric tests are useful for giving people an objective view of how they behave, and how they compare in outlook with others. The answers they give categorize them by the personality traits or preferences they show, and then provide some commentary on these.

Of course, none of these tools captures the richness and uniqueness of an individual person. But they can point out the similarities and differences between people.

One useful personality model, the Big Five or OCEAN model, looks at five main features of human personality: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. This tool can help people understand more about themselves and others. Tests like this one can give people a great insight into their behavior and performance in the workplace.

Another popular test, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (or MBTI) is useful for understanding our preferences for interacting with others, how we like to receive information, and how we make decisions.

Other psychometric tests can be used for other purposes, and it's worth exploring the full range of these to understand what you can do with them.

Once the people you're coaching have taken these tests, you can explore what the test results mean, and help them think about what have learned about themselves, and the way they interact with other people.

It's important that you, as the coach, are familiar with these tools before you use them with people in your team.

We often discover new things about ourselves when we're in unusual situations, or facing new challenges. Our reactions or responses to new environments, new people, or new demands can help us understand how we deal with some of the more familiar aspects of our lives. However, rather than waiting for new experiences to arrive, it can be really valuable to look for them proactively.

We can do this for ourselves by taking different types of vacations, or experimenting with new hobbies, for example. We may find hidden talents, or things about ourselves that we didn't know about - particularly when the new activities are stimulating and energizing.

One way of doing this in the workplace is to encourage people to explore unfamiliar roles or situations. The advantage of using coaching in these situations is that you can help the person you're coaching explore which new roles to try, and you can then help them analyze the experience afterward.

As a coach, the key is to help interpret the experience, and ensure that any learning from it passes back into the coachee's day-to-day life.

There's a big difference between reading a rsum, and meeting a candidate at a job interview. Likewise, it can be very revealing to hear someone's life story first hand.

An experienced coach who listens to someone talk about their life will see and hear so much more than simple facts. These stories can reveal whether people really understand who they are, and why their lives have turned out in the way they have.

Do they understand the impact of the way they were raised, and the influence of their friends and family on the decisions they've made so far? What types of emotional journey have they taken? Is their life full of joy, or weighed down with deep fears or anger? To what extent do their past experiences affect their current experiences? Do they accept themselves for who they are, or do they fight against this, and have a false self-perception?

Whatever the content of the story, a coach's questions and feedback often make the difference between a story that's just told, and a story that's really heard and understood - by the person being coached as much as by the coach.

It's often said that to write well, you have to write every day. By writing down your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, you build fluency - particularly, emotional fluency. This habit also captures the mood of the moment - when reviewed at a later date, the collection of writing can help the writer understand the range of emotions he or she has experienced.

For the creative writer, this is an exercise of skill and fantasy building. But for people who write about their experiences and feelings, this regular writing improves their self-awareness.

In coaching, a coachee's daily journal is great resource to use. The journals can often be an excellent prompt for discussion during your coaching conversations.

We all play many roles in life. To some, we are colleagues; to others, we may be family or friends. Describing the role each of us plays - at work, within our family group, across our circle of friends, or in our local community - builds a picture of how we see ourselves relative to others.

In coaching, the way the person being coached perceives his or her role can help you understand their underlying motivation for achieving tasks and goals. It can also help explain why coachee's may fail to make progress towards their goals and objectives. If you have issues with people in these areas, take your time to explore their understanding of their roles - this may provide a great opportunity to help people improve their performance.

The very best coaches are careful to tell the people they're coaching precisely the truth they need, at precisely the time they need it. When they do this, they are the perfect "mirror" for coachees to see themselves as they really are.

To do this well, coaches need to invest time and attention in understanding how people see their lives, what they're sensitive about, what energizes them, and what makes them lose energy. Within a safe and trusted coaching relationship, coachees should expect that, when asked, their coach will tell them honestly what they've seen and heard.

As well as providing this valuable feedback, the coach's role here is to help the people they're coaching to be honest and straightforward when observing their own behaviors and actions.

With high levels of self-awareness, we can find a the right direction in life, and we can build better relationships with other people. Coaching is great for helping your people build this self-awareness.

As a coach you can help the people you're coaching interpret and understand information about themselves, and there are six main approaches you can use to do this. These include examining feedback, analyzing outcomes from psychometric tests, learning from new experiences, and considering people's life stories.

Try using these approaches with your people - you'll be surprised by how powerful they can be!

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What Is Self-Awareness and How Does It Develop?

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Self-awareness involves being aware of different aspects of the self including traits, behaviors and feelings. Essentially, it is a psychological state in which oneself becomes the focus of attention.

Self-awareness is one of the first components of the self-concept to emerge. While self-awareness is something that is central to each and every one of us, it is not something that we are acutely aware of at every moment of every day.

Instead, self-awareness becomes woven into the fabric of who we are and emerges at different points depending on the situation and our personality.

We are not born with self-awareness, however. Researchers have demonstrated that the awareness of ourselves begins to emerge at around one year of age and becomes much more developed by around 18 months of age.

Lewis and Brooks-Gun (1979) conducted some interesting research looking at how self-awareness develops. The researchers applied a red dot to an infant's nose and then held the child up to a mirror. Children who recognized themselves in the mirror would reach for their own noses rather than the reflection in the mirror, indicating that they had at least some self-awareness.

Lewis and Brooks-Gun found that almost no children under one year of age would reach for their own nose rather than the reflection in the mirror.

About 25 percent of the infants between 15 and 18 months reached for their own noses while about 70 percent of those between 21 and 24 months did so.

It is important to note that the Lewis and Brooks-Gun study only indicates an infant's visual self-awareness; children might actually possess other forms of self-awareness even at this early point in life.

For example, researchers Lewis, Sullivan, Stanger, and Weiss (1989) suggest that expressing emotions involves self-awareness as well as an ability to think about oneself in relation to other people.

Researchers believe that an area of the brain known as the anterior cingulate, in the frontal loberegion, plays an important role in developing self-awareness. The Lewis and Brooks-Gun experiment suggests that self-awareness begins to emerge in children around the age of 18 months, an age that coincides with the rapid growth of spindle cells in the anterior cingulate. Researchers have also used brain imaging to show that this region becomes activated in adults who are self-aware.

Psychologists often break self-awareness down into two different types, either public or private.

This type emerges when people are aware of how they appear to others. Public self-awareness often emerges in situations when people are at the center of attention, such as when giving a presentation or talking to a group of friends.

This type of self-awareness often compels people to adhere to social norms. When we are aware that we are being watched and evaluated, we often try to behave in ways that are socially acceptable and desirable. Public self-awareness can also lead to evaluation anxiety in which people become distressed,anxious, or worried about how they are perceived by others.

This type happens when people become aware of some aspects of themselves, but only in a private way. For example, seeing your face in the mirror is a type of private self-awareness. Feeling your stomach lurch when you realize you forgot to study for an important test or feeling your heart flutter when you see someone you are attracted to are also good examples of private self-awareness.

Sometimes, people can become overly self-aware and veer into what is known as self-consciousness. Have you ever felt like everyone was watching you, judging your actions, and waiting to see what you will do next? This heightened state of self-awareness can leave you feeling awkward and nervous in some instances. In a lot of cases, these feelings of self-consciousness are only temporary and arise in situations when we are "in the spotlight." For some people, however, self-consciousness can become a chronic condition.

People who are privately self-conscious have a higher level of private self-awareness, which can be both a good and bad thing. These people tend to be more aware of their feelings and beliefs, and are therefore more likely to stick to their personal values. However, they are also more likely to suffer from negative health consequences such as increased stress and anxiety.

People who are publicly self-conscious have a higher level of public self-awareness. They tend to think more about how other people view them and are often concerned that other people might be judging them based on their looks or their actions. As a result, these individuals tend to stick to group norms and try to avoid situations in which they might look bad or feel embarrassed.

More Psychology Definitions: The Psychology Dictionary

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Self-awareness is crucial for evolving and finding coping strategies for weaknesses. An excerpt from How To Become a Better Leader. Image: PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has said that she benefited from feedback from mentors.

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How can leaders recognize and manage their psychological preferences?

In a wide-ranging article for the Spring 2012 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, authors Ginka Toegel, a professor of organizational behavior and leadership at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Jean-Louis Barsoux, a professor of organizational behavior and leadership at IMD, lay out findings from more than 2,000 in-depth conversations with international executives.

In this excerpt from How To Become a Better Leader, the authors examine the role of self-awareness, which they deem crucial for evolving and finding coping strategies for weaknesses:

A survey of 75 members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council rated self-awareness as the most important capability for leaders to develop. Executives need to know where their natural inclinations lie in order to boost them or compensate for them. Self-awareness is about identifying personal idiosyncrasies the characteristics that executives take to be the norm but actually represent the exception.

Sometimes self-awareness comes early in ones career, prompted by a comment from a trusted colleague or boss. In an article in Fortune International, Lauren Zalaznick, now chairman, Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media for NBC-Universal, recalled that the best advice she ever received was from her first boss, who told her: Throughout your career, youre going to hear lots of feedback from show-makers and peers and employees and bosses. If you hear a certain piece of feedback consistently and you dont agree with it, it doesnt matter what you think. Truth is, youre being perceived that way.

On her rise to the top, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has also benefited from constructive feedback: Im a pretty honest and outspoken person, she told the Wall Street Journal Europe. So, you sit in a meeting and somebody presents a five-year plan. [Other executives] would say, You know, thats very interesting. But maybe you could think about this slightly differently. I just said, Thats crap. This is never going to happen. Im sure they were all thinking that, but they were saying it in a much more gentle way. Id come out of the meeting, and one of the guys would pull me aside and say, You could have said the thing slightly differently.

Over the past two decades, companies have increased the opportunities for executives to gain insight into their personalities and receive feedback from multiple sources. These instruments can even be distributed to friends and family, who may be only too pleased to enlighten their loved ones on how they come across. And self-awareness is one of the most frequently cited outcomes of leadership coaching.

But some executives resist this process for a long time. Take the case of David Pottruck, the former CEO of Charles Schwab. Earlier in his career, he was summoned to his bosss office and told that his colleagues did not trust him. As Pottruck recalled in the Harvard Business Review, That feedback was like a dagger to my heart. I was in denial, as I didnt see myself as others saw me. I had no idea how self-serving I looked to other people. Still, somewhere in my inner core the feedback resonated as true.

For further details on how executives need to understand their natural inclinations in order to modify them or compensate for them, see the full article.

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