I tend to be very self-aware (at least I think I am), so when I come across myself I try to pay attention and let my feelings and emotions through. So I don’t go so far as to say I am 100% self-aware, I just tend to go to great lengths to make sure I am.
The opposite of self-awareness is not self-deception. Self-deception is when we feel we do not have control over something, yet we try to convince ourselves that we do. For example, in the last five years I have attended four different universities. Each time I was attending different colleges, I made sure that I was taking full advantage of all the opportunities that were available to me.
I would like to say that I am 100% self-aware of all my actions, and I would not hesitate to tell you that this is not a lie. I do however, take extra steps to make sure that I am. For example, I do not use the term “self-aware” lightly. I am constantly making sure that I know all about myself, both positive and negative.
We’re talking about a lot of stuff here, and I know you’re probably asking yourself the same thing. Self-awareness is simply the ability to see yourself in the most accurate way possible. If you’re like me, you don’t just “get it” and think, “I know what my mind is doing,” you actually have a chance of being able to see this for yourself.
I use the term self-aware when I am talking about things that I am aware of. I have a feeling that the word self-aware is being overused a lot in our industry right now and so I would like to try and define it a little better. Basically, what I mean is that I feel that many people have a false-self-awareness where they think they know what is going on in their head.
To say that you feel a bit of a false self awareness is to say that you know that you are thinking about something that you don’t actually feel. So if I go to a party and I see that someone I don’t know is wearing a dress with a pink ruffle on it, it’s not the same as if I go to the party and I see that person at all the other parties without that dress.
I think a lot of the time, people think they know that they are feeling a certain thing but they don’t really feel a certain thing. They know they are feeling a certain thing, but they don’t actually feel it. For some people it is very easy to get into a state where they are not able to feel a certain thing. For others it is more difficult.
But I think it’s important to know that we don’t really know what we are feeling. We can read about someone feeling a certain thing on a message board, or hear about one feeling a certain way on a popular podcast. There is always a possibility that someone is feeling that way and we simply don’t know.
Thats a very interesting question, but it’s not something that I would really get into. I like that you are asking it. I think its worth asking because it’s something that we know we do not actually know what is going on. If you feel that a certain feeling is occurring, but you are unable to feel it, then that is a sign to you to question the validity of that feeling. Just because something feels right or wrong to you does not mean that it actually is.
What is going on in your mind is not something that you can really say, even if you want to say it. It is a feeling that you are having, a feeling that is going on in your head. As an analogy, think about someone who is having a seizure. If you are feeling that you are having a seizure, and you can’t feel it, then you have no idea what is going on in your head.