08 November 2021
You might hear people talk about self-awareness as an important skill — not just for kids, but for adults, too. Self-awareness is the ability to tune in to your own feelings, thoughts, and actions.
When people are self-aware, they understand their strengths and challenges and know what helps them thrive. They also understand that how they see themselves may be different from how others see them.
People with strong self-awareness skills can:
Recognize their strengths and challenges
Understand and talk about their needs and feelings
Recognize other people’s needs and feelings
See how their behavior affects others
Develop a growth mindset and learn from their mistakes
When people understand themselves better, it’s easier for them to build positive self-esteem. That’s especially important for people who learn and think differently and who struggle with certain skills and tasks.
Self-awareness gives them a way to look not just at their challenges, but also to see what they’re good at.