What is low self-awareness and how can it be spotted? What is low self-awareness and how can it be spotted?

What is low self-awareness and how can it be spotted?

How do you know if you are experiencing low self-awareness? How does it impact your life?

The ability to assess someone’s level of self-awareness is crucial, not only will you change the way you relate to people, but you'll learn more about yourself.

What is low self-awareness?

It is usually uncomfortable to be around someone who has low-self awareness, they might engage in passive-aggressive behavior and end up keeping people away from them. Self-awareness is the ability to assess how our actions, emotions, and thoughts do or don't align with your standards. Those who are highly self-aware, can evaluate themselves and manage their emotions more objectively. On the other hand, those with low-self awareness find it really hard to consider others' opinions and perspectives and are less likely to notice their faults. 

These are 6 signs that will help you spot them!

What is low self-awareness and how can it be spotted?

What is low self-awareness and how can it be spotted?

1. Never admitting mistakes

When someone doesn’t want to admit their mistakes is often a sign of deep insecurity. It’s hard to be self-aware if you’re unwilling to be vulnerable.

On the other hand, the willingness to admit mistakes suggests mental toughness and emotional maturity. 
To become more self-aware, then, requires the courage to be vulnerable on purpose and admit your errors as they are part of life and don’t define you.

2. Criticizing others

How do you know if you are experiencing low self-awareness? How does it impact your life?

The thing about criticizing is that it feels good. For example, when you are criticizing someone who made a stupid comment, you are actually saying that you consider yourself smarter than that person and that feels good. But the danger comes hidden because when you’re constantly trying to feel good about yourself there’s no time left to learn about yourself.

3. Avoiding hard decisions

When people chronically avoid hard decisions by being passive or procrastinating, for example, it’s often a sign that they aren’t willing to really look at their own minds objectively.

4. Being vague about their feelings

It may seem like something even stupid but here’s the thing: if you struggle to explain how you feel and say phrases like “I’m just upset” instead of saying “I feel sad” your mind starts to identify that these feelings are dangerous and creates an avoidance mechanism.

5. Worrying about the future

People haven’t taken the time to genuinely reflect on what worry is and how it works (or doesn’t work) in our lives. Their mind just starts worrying and they go along with it, without pausing to investigate it and look at it questioningly and curiously.

6. Ruminating on the past

When people spend too much time ruminating and dwelling on past mistakes, losses, or failures, it can lead to tremendous emotional suffering with no upside at all. Reflect on past mistakes and losses. Accept them. But don’t ruminate on them.

The bottom line

Successful leaders are usually highly self-aware, and in general, we want to be around people who can align their actions with their thoughts. I find therapy very useful when it comes to spotting those parts of ourselves we want to change. 

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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