Self awareness is the ability to evaluate yourself socially and understand how your behavior is being perceived by others. If you’re self-aware, you know how you’re feeling, how you’re acting, and how you appear. You likely have a strong grasp on your own strengths and weaknesses, which means that you know where and how you’ll be most useful. This knowledge can make you a great leader because you have an understanding of what skills you may be missing and therefore where and how you need others to apply their skills.

Self-awareness can also help you train yourself to think about your emotions in a productive way. It requires self-reflection and interpretation, so if you’re self-aware, when you get upset you might start to think about why you feel as you do and find that the feeling is momentary, misplaced, or a catalyst for positive action. Doing this allows you to think of your emotions as part of a larger picture, so you don’t become consumed by them. Knowing the reasoning behind your emotions can also give you a greater sense of control over them, improving self-efficacy.

Prompts That Support Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness is considered to be having clear perception of personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions.

  1. Self-Reflection: Assessing one’s ability to introspect and examine their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in a reflective manner, gaining insights into personal strengths, weaknesses, and values.
  2. Self-Acceptance: Evaluating one’s level of self-acceptance and embracing oneself with compassion and non-judgment, including accepting both positive and negative aspects of one’s identity.
  3. Self-Awareness of Strengths and Weaknesses: Assessing the knowledge and understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses, and how they contribute to overall well-being and performance.
  4. Self-Compassion: Measuring the ability to treat oneself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, especially during challenging times or when facing setbacks.
  5. Emotional Regulation: Evaluating one’s capability to recognize, understand, and manage their emotions effectively, promoting emotional well-being and fostering healthy relationships.
  6. Self-Motivation: Assessing the ability to set and pursue personal goals, maintain motivation, and take proactive steps towards personal growth and development.
  7. Authenticity: Evaluating one’s ability to be true to oneself, aligning actions, beliefs, and values, and presenting oneself genuinely to others.
  8. Self-Advocacy: Measuring the capacity to assert one’s needs, desires, and boundaries in a respectful and assertive manner, effectively communicating and advocating for oneself.
  9. Empathy towards Self: Assessing the ability to show understanding, compassion, and empathy towards oneself, treating oneself with the same care and consideration as one would treat others.
  10. Personal Vision and Goals: Evaluating one’s clarity and articulation of personal vision, long-term goals, and aspirations, and the alignment of actions with that vision.

  1. What are some things that make you feel mad?
  2. What are some things that make you feel sad?
  3. What are some things that make you feel happy?
  4. What strategies have you used to help with difficult emotions during online learning or your transition back to school?
  1. What do you like about ____?
  2. What is challenging about ____?
  3. What is something you are good at?
  4. Who in the school, your family or your neighborhood can you go to if you are having a problem in/at ____– like with a friend?
  5. What assets do you see in yourself?
  1. What are some goals you have in/at ____?
  2. What internal qualities or external supports have helped you accept new challenges and adjust to change?
  3. How did you handle it if you ever felt like giving up at something you wanted to get better at?