Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Increase Your Self-Awareness

Social intelligence is something we deal with every day, and it can help us navigate better experiences from our social environment. Whether we’re at home or at work, knowing how to be more aware of ourselves and our surroundings can help us make the best out of any social situation.

Many times we wonder why the situations around us change simply because we are relying on the people around us to change. Being aware of our own actions and behaviors is one of the key tools to change not only ourselves but our surroundings. We must be aware of what communication we are putting out there and how our behaviors can affect others.

Remove or Limit Self-Deception

Self-deception is a tool we commonly use to try to hide something from ourselves or prevent ourselves from accepting something. We can often try to make ourselves believe whatever we want and alter facts in our mind by self-deceiving ourselves. No one is exempt from this habit, and we can find ourselves practicing it more often than we think. For instance, we can self-deceive ourselves into thinking that our presentation was the best in the group or self-deceive ourselves to believe that people are talking about us when we walk away. It can affect our relationships with others and give people the wrong impression. One of the simplest ways we can help prevent this type of deception is to simply be direct with ourselves and others.

Always say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t try to deceive with alternative phrases or meanings. When taking in information, review it before making conclusions. Recognize facts and events that could form a final thought. For instance, your presentation may have been very good, but do not assume it was the best. While it is all right to build confidence and esteem by believing in yourself or believing you know what is best, it is not beneficial to deceive ourselves since it can cause us to damage our future relationships with others.

Until next time... 


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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