Tina Badakhshan GREAT questions! Let me tackle these separately. By no means do I profess to know for certain, I can only offer my opinions and experiences:
- The answer to your first question, I believe, is a definite, Yes. I’d like to believe that because I rely heavily on my intuition, I think my self-awareness is strong. I base this more on the feedback of others, actually. While I do think it’s difficult to always be self-aware of what’s going on, and the fact is, emotions have an enormous effect on our ability to self-analyze, I do think it’s possible to improve our self-awareness. It’s a quest well worth pursuing. I find it to be, frankly, one of the most intellectually stimulating and intriguing parts of life.
- I would say that self-awareness is probably more of a psycyhological question; My answer is that self-awareness comes in a variety of ways: spiritual, emotional, physical, mental. Automatic? That’s tough- I’d probably want to hear more of a definition around that. I think of self-awareness as a muscle we can all exercise. While I do think, just like with athleticism, we’re not all given the same talents to begin, we can always improve.
What do you think?