5.2 - Self Awareness

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A decrease in one's level of awareness can affect emotional intelligence as well as the ability to learn. It can also increase the chance of injury and decrease connections with others. Oftentimes, self-awareness is decreased post brain injury/illness. There are several things you can do to improve in this area.

Impulse control is part of self-awareness and requires a heightened attention to yourself, your actions and patterns.

Self awareness is a big component to emotional intelligence. Unfortunately, it is easy to be less aware when you have more to worry about.

Everyday issues

  • You are frequently unaware of personal habits and how others are impacted.
  • You have a problem but do not recognize it when it happens, nor do you know how to respond to the problem.
  • You have balance problems, falls, or you tend to misjudge corners or edges (poor proprioception).
  • You repeat something insistently or redundantly (perseveration).

Strategies to get you started

  • Take time to notice how people respond around you and to you.
  • Before a conversation or interaction, think of discussion points and needs.
  • Identify what steps to take to improve and heighten your awareness level.

Making Cognitive Connections

Cognitive skills used to perform iOS device functions and the connections to other life skills:

Cognitive Skill iOS Device Examples Life Examples
Self awareness Logging into your smart device. Forces you to think of your actions, consequences, and decisions leading to insights about self awareness

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