Introduction The purpose of this paper is to review an article written by Subia Parveen Rasheed, RN, BScN on The Self-Awareness Concept published in the International Journal of caring Science, 2015. According to the author, Self-Awareness is described as the process of performing an unbiased examination of self. The author believes self-awareness is an important mechanism that is necessary in the development of the proper nurse-patient relationship that leads to therapeutic healing. She further explores the difficulty involve in knowing oneself, accepting who we are can be a long process that causes us to face things that may be painful. The author claims self-awareness starts with self-consciousness and the expectation of change that relies on constant effort.
Evolve into Having Self-Awareness Being self-aware simply means that you have a keen understanding of your own personality. That includes your positive and negative traits, your thoughts and beliefs, your feelings, and your inspiration. It would be easier for you to understand others when you are self-aware. You will also be able to tell how they see you in return. Most people believe that they have a good sense of self-awareness, but it would be best to check at a comparative scale to see where you fall on it in contrast with others.
Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Situational Analysis Self- concept and self- esteem are two psychological terms that are very important and commonly used interchangeably because it is important to know on how we see yourself honestly and to like or at least accept yourself, and the internal barriers that keep you from doing your best to achieve success and happiness. Self -concept or self -image is the sum total of all the knowledge and information a person has of himself. It includes factors like your gender, name, personality, physical appearance, race, likes and dislikes, beliefs, values, social history, nationality, schooling, family, career, accomplishments, failures, skills and talents. The self-concept also includes what the person he thinks might become in the future and what he was like in the past oneself. It comes from the knowledge of oneself and what one believes others think of himself.
What is self-awareness and what are the possible consequences of self-awareness? Self-awareness is defined as a situation where a person has a clear perception and conscious knowledge of their personality which includes their weaknesses, strengths, beliefs, thoughts, emotions and motivation. Self-awareness has been considered to be a stepping stone for a person to reinvent himself or herself and being able to learn how to make wise decisions, and being in a position to tune their thoughts and feelings. Moreover, self-awareness enables a person to understand other people, their perception of them and their attitude and responses suitable for them at that moment. The possible consequences of self-awareness arise from the fact that the pursuit of self-awareness has been proven to be very difficult and requires a lot of dedication.
Self-awareness and self-development work hand in hand with one another, as do personal and professional development. ‘Conscious bringing into awareness of a greater understanding of both who, and how, we are in the world is known as the process of personal development’ (Parfitt, 2006 as cited by Share & Lalor, 2009, p233). By actively working on our self-development we can advance and progress and not be stuck at a certain point. ‘The social care worker is not practising to his or her full potential if they are not engaged in awareness and development of the self’ (Share & Lalor, 2009, p123). ‘Self-awareness, self-management and self-care are critical elements of emotional and professional competence’.
Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feeling, motive, and desires. Looking at myself steps that be taken are self-reflection, being able to reflect on my life helps me to understand how I can become a better person each day. In a sense being better than the person I was yesterday is an understatement, but it leads back to reflecting over life and choices that we make. Being able to take control our emotions is a key fact for increasing awareness. Taking me, for instance, what I have noticed is that I tend to let my emotions get in the way of my everyday life.
“An individual perception of self, of body image, of time, of space influences the way he or she responds to object and events in his/her life. As individuals grow and develop through the lifespan, experiences with changes in structure and function, of their bodies over time influence their perceptions of self” (King, 1981, p. 19). These concepts give us the basis for understanding how individuals are personal systems. Perception, is “A process of organizing, interpreting, and transforming information from sense data and memory” (King, 1981, p. 24). Self, is a dynamic, open system, based on ones actions.
In general, persons with low self-esteem are motivated more by self-maintenance than by self-enhancement (Covington & Beery, 1976). Self-awareness theory is motivation to change arises from one 's awareness of an incongruity between one 's idealized self-concept and one 's self-image. The individual 's evaluation of self as less than desirable motivates him or her to improve his/her behavior in order to maintain self-esteem. At first glance, "self-awareness theory" appears to be a cognitive consistency theory; but in fact the self-esteem motive, activated by a negative self-evaluation, is offered as the major impetus for change (Hull & Levy, 1979). Duval & Wicklund emphasize self-focused attention as the initial step
Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION 2.1 Introduction to Self esteem: (Rosenberg, 1960) said that self-esteem is a powerful force within each one of us. Self esteem is a person’s overall assessment or consideration of his or her own value. It takes in beliefs and emotions such as misery, self-importance and disgrace. It can be apply specifically to a particular dimension or have global extent. It is including: self-worth, self-interest, self-confidence and self-integrity.
Besides that, self-management also plays a very important role in university or college and also in workplace. Self-management appears in business and also education in the forms of techniques, skills and strategies that can help an individual to achieve the goals. (Iland, 22 Jan 2013 , p. 9). Self-management has three component which are self-monitoring, self-evaluation and also self-reinforcement. Self-monitoring is about having a self-awareness of own behaviours and values.