Silvia and O’Brien (2005) show that growing your self-awareness will help you:
- Take the perspectives of others
- Improve your self-control
- Become more innovative
- Increase your confidence
Additionally, self-awareness forms the foundation of developing your Emotional Intelligence (EQ), which means that improving it will also serve to:
- Strengthen your relationships
- Enhance your decision making
- Better your stress management
- Improve your self-perception
- Grow your self-expression
- Open area: known to self and others
- Blind area: known to others but unknown to self
- Hidden area: known to self but unknown to others
- Unknown area: unknown to self and others
Grow your self-awareness
- Reduce your blind area
- Share your hidden area
- Explore your unknown area
Reduce your blind area
- What is a strength of mine that I might be unaware of?
- What is a weakness of mine that I might not know about?
- What would you say are some blind spots of mine?
Share your hidden area
- Share a dream/goal of yours that they don’t know about.
- Share a strength of yours they might be unaware of.
- Share one thing you would change about yourself and why.
Explore your unknown area
- Try out a new activity or hobby.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
- Go on a journey of self-discovery with Mygrow.
Just the start
While the Johari Window model is a great starting point, this is just the beginning of developing your self-awareness. At Mygrow we believe self-awareness is a foundational component of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), which we define as a set of emotional skills that makes you great at managing yourself and interacting with others. Basically, it’s the set of skills that make you better at being you.
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Silvia, P. & O’Brien, M. (2005). Self-Awareness and Constructive Functioning: Revisiting “the Human Dilemma”. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology,