Self-Awareness

Your self-knowledge and self-love are the most unselfish gifts you can give to another.
Self-knowledge makes you clear, strong and trustworthy and allows others
to know where you stand. Self-love makes love of others more genuine.
– Elizabeth Lesser
Whatever the circumstances in your life, the understanding of type
can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder,
and your life closer to your heart’s desire
.

– Isabel Briggs Myers

Our brain operates solely on the input it has received from our experiences. Self-awareness is about increasing our skill at becoming conscious of our inner mental, physical, and emotional state in the present moment; acknowledging that our present state may be impacted by experiences we had even prior to our coming to awareness.

Learning to be attentive toward and to identify our various feelings, thoughts, assumptions, and bodily sensations is the first step in increasing our ability to make a choice to change our inner state of being, and our behaviors in response to it. In this process, we are gaining in our skill at being aware of the interplay in our lives of all four quadrants in Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory: intentional (I), behavioral (It), cultural (We), and social (Its).

As we grow in self-awareness, we can come to understand more about our own “personality type,” and how it differs from that of others with whom we live and work. Two resources often used to increase self-awareness of our personality type are The Enneagram, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath is a book containing an assessment that can help you discover your top five personal strengths. It is especially helpful in developing balanced workplace teams.

Another assessment resource is the DISC personality tool, which measures four areas of behavior: Dominance, Inducement/Influence, Submission/Steadiness, and Compliance.

Click Here for the first post on Self-Awareness in My Journey

Online Resources:
Video: Anthony de Mello – Awareness pt.12 self-observation

Enneagram
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
DISC Personality Assessment Tool

Recommended Books:
Rick Fields, Chop Wood, Carry Water
Ronald S. Miller, As Above, So Below
Tom Rath, StrengthsFinder 2.0
David Richo, How To Be An Adult
Brian Luke Seward, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water

awareness

Advertisements