Self Awareness Does Not Have to Include Public Disclosure…..

I have a longer post that I will do one of these days about the subject of self-awareness, but I was in a conversation yesterday that reminded me of this basic point that I used when I taught a freshman college class in Self Awareness/Personal Development. Not to misrepresent myself academically, that was in my ROTC instruction days when I held the position of an Assistant Professor of Military Science. The title really just means that you’re assigned to an ROTC department, although most colleges and universities do want you to have a Master’s Degree. I did have thoughts of pursuing a PhD during that assignment, but that’s an entirely different subject.

Back to the point that I made in class of there being tremendous value in developing self-awareness. You cannot effectively make changes in your life if you are not aware of why you do the things that you do. Now, you may not wish to make any changes, but you cannot make that determination either until you have a grasp of your own personality, desires, strengths, and weaknesses. In the exploration of yourself, it is often useful and sometimes necessary to seek assistance in doing so. However, in discussions with others, you may indeed have an “Aha!” moment then, or it may occur later in the privacy of your own thoughts. Those moments that yield this important understanding does not require that you share the insight with anyone, although you may choose to do so. The recognition may be so deeply personal that you don’t want to share, and there is no overriding reason is that you should. A major element of genuine self-awareness is that you don’t require validation from someone else to recognize a truth about yourself. Granted, you may want another individual’s feedback, but that is not the same thing as needing the feedback.

Now, is there a nuance between truth and perception when it comes to self-awareness? There certainly can be, but that, too is the subject for another post.



14 thoughts on “Self Awareness Does Not Have to Include Public Disclosure…..

  1. i always say, simple is best and your website demonstrates it so well. congratulations for the good work.

    • My name is Teresa but almost edorybevy calls me Terri. I’ve never really felt that my nickname wasn’t feminine enough. It’s kind of just fit all my life. Growing up I was mostly a tomboy, now I’m more girly and my name has always just worked. The biggest issue I’ve had is people spelling both names wrong!ETA: My neice’s name is Samantha. We call her Sam or Sammie and she’s one of the girliest girls I know!

      • Welcome, and yes, the male/female version of names can be confusing. I tell people that I don’t really do it for that reason, but I’m not sure they believe me.


  2. My niece is named Charlotte and we call her Charlie (she’s 3). She calls herself Sharlie. I love the name and the nmkcnaie! She’s super duper girlie now too.

  3. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess
    I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

    • Hi, I’ve been getting a huge amount of Spam (something all bloggers have to cope with), so your earlier comments might have accidently gotten deleted along with unsoliciated info about viagra and payday loans. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the site and I, like you, contacted a couple of bloggers when I started. In my case, I don’t know the first thing about the technical aspects, so I have my web guy run that part. From my experience, there are two main components. The first is to decide if you want a theme or niche. If you do have a niche, that can help bring in traffic. If, like here, it is a general lifestyle blog, that gives you more subjects to discuss, but it might not be as easy for people to find. You could also start out one way and then change over.

      Next is how often you post. I’ve been told at least twice a week and I strive for four times although sometimes it’s only three. Photos are especially useful even though I’m not nearly as good about that as I should be. I hope this helps and drop in at Charlie’s Corner Cafe any time.


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