Inner Development Goals: 4. Self-awareness

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4. Self-awareness

Ability to be in reflective contact with own thoughts, feelings and desires; having a realistic self-image and ability to regulate oneself.

What goes on inside a person has a considerable impact on that person’s potential for being effective when engaging with complex issues, especially in interaction with people with diverse perspectives and interests. Challenging situations evoke emotional and cognitive reactions. If a person is not capable of monitoring these reactions, the capacity for handling them in constructive ways is limited, and the person may act out emotions, defensive reactions and hasty judgments without really noticing that this is happening. Self-awareness involves being aware of emotional, cognitive, motivational and other internal psychological processes as they happen (or shortly afterwards). Being in touch with and understanding one’s own inner processes often leads to greater self-acceptance, less need to cling to an idealized self-image and therefore less need for psychological defense mechanisms. A well- developed capacity for self-awareness makes it possible to actively manage the relationship between internal (spontaneous) processes and the expectations and needs coupled to a particular role or function the person has.

Several formulations relating to the self were mentioned by survey respondents: self-reflection, self-care, self-acceptance, self-leadership, and personal integration of mind, body, soul. Self-awareness is closely linked to Presence, Humility, Integrity and Authenticity, Openness and Learning mindset.

Inner Development Goals: 5. Presence

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