Understanding Self-Awareness

“Self-scrutiny applied with kindness.”- Epictetus


Self-Awareness is the first step towards living a conscious life. Self-Improvement is impossible without Self-Awareness. Self-awareness isn’t a magic bullet; although it is an important first step.

Self-Awareness is about being aware of who you are. Self-Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. Having awareness creates the opportunity to make changes in behaviour and beliefs.


It includes things like:

  • Your core values and beliefs;
  • Strengths and weaknesses;
  • Your fears and passions;
  • What you believe about God and Spirituality;
  • What you want in a relationship and why;
  • Your likes and dislikes;
  • Your thoughts and feelings about wealth;
  • What type of work best suits your desires and strengths;
  • Your emotions;
  • Needs and behaviours;
  • Anything else that makes you tick.


It’s about being true to yourself. This is difficult to do if you don’t know who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better you are at adapting to life changes that suit your needs.

As you develop self-awareness you are able to make changes in the thoughts and interpretations you make in your mind. Changing the interpretations in your mind allows you to change your emotions. Self-awareness is one of the attributes of Emotional Intelligence and an important factor in achieving success.  Self-awareness is the first step in creating what you want and mastering your life.


How does self-awareness develop?

Researchers believe that an area of the brain known as the anterior cingulate, a region of the frontal lobe, plays an important role in the development of self-awareness. Some studies suggest 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.

The pursuit of self-awareness is challenging and requires dedication.