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10 Signs You Lack Self-Awareness

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Hey, psych-to-goers. Thank you for all of the love and support that you've given us. Psych to Go's mission is to make psychology and mental health more accessible to everyone. Now let's begin. Have you ever heard of the term metacognition? It's a higher form of thinking that gives you the ability to be aware of how you think, which is what separates us from other mammal species.

Being self-aware by reflecting and evaluating your thoughts and feelings is important to help you understand yourself better and to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. This is why having a lack of self-awareness may lead to unrealistic ideas of your own abilities. So here are 10 signs you may lack self-awareness number.

You have trouble understanding your emotions. Are you prone to emotional outbursts? Do you find it hard to explain how you feel? The ability to process emotional information and use it for reasoning is called emotional intelligence, and research has shown that it may be linked to self-awareness. In a 2015 study in New Zealand, people who were given self-awareness training saw increases in their emotional.

So if you have trouble describing or processing your feelings, it may be a sign you lack self-awareness. Two, you shut people down when they question your beliefs. Have you cut someone off because they could argue against you? Many people agree to disagree on topics like politics and religion, but refusing to hear someone out may be assigned.

You lack self-awareness according to a 2018 study published in current biology. People with radical political beliefs had lower levels of metacognition than their non radical peers. Actively trying to understand people with different views helps you think about why you believe what you do. So avoiding these conversations to critically reflect on your beliefs may mean that you lack self-awareness.

Number three, you make excuses for your failure. You praise yourself when things go well, but blame others when things go wrong. This is called self-serving bias, which is the habit to credit good things to yourself and blame others for the bad things. People who lack self-awareness struggle to think critically about their strengths and weaknesses.

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