Self awareness and what does it mean to be aware and awake? Every person has their own ideas, viewpoints, emotions and thoughts. Each are unique to that person making up a vast array of differences. Although we are very different we do experience the same style or pattern of self analysis which tells us who we are. We are our hardest critic. No one else analyzes us like we do to our self.
Self awareness can be considered the ability to come up with a summary of who we are that is based on our past and our current thoughts and our emotions. Awareness allows individuals to create and formulate a complete summary. We attempt to understand what is going on in our mind and why. We are responsible for our thoughts about self and others. Playing the role of the victim only prevents us from growth. We are responsible for who we are and what actions we take in life.
The ability to have self awareness is to see yourself without the blinders on. You must first be willing to truly see yourself no matter how badly you want to avoid certain aspects or characteristics. This requires tremendous strength, patience, humility and self love. Humans struggle with the ability to see themselves as fallible. Each person take hits in life and take the wins. The most aware individuals are capable of seeing both ends of the spectrum and without placing judgment or blame, merge the two in order to create a more conscious and aware individual.
Humans tend to spend their lives playing out two roles of self thought. One side plays the martyr or victim. They may have had painful events in the past so they feel powerless and unable to confront obstacles. Victimization behaviors can look like the following for many people:
On the other end we have thoughts of feeling self empowered. This requires self awareness. The following characteristics are indicators that your are coming from a place of self empowerment.
For most people that enter therapy they are seeking to change their life circumstances. They want to understand themselves better and why they respond the way they do. Techniques that are helpful consist of the following:
Understanding how your thoughts control your behaviors.
Understanding how to track and be mindful of how we have the tendency to pull from the past to predict the future and dump it into the present moment.
This approach is utilized to direct the development of a client’s vision to find solutions to their goals.“
Seek counseling today and see the many benefits that gaining awareness can do to enhance and completely change your life. It’s time to wake up and take personal ownership for the direction our lives are taking.