What is Self Awareness
“There is no cure and no improving of the world that does not begin with the individual himself.”
This notion of self-development, as defined by Carl Jung, is predicated on the premise that an awareness of self is the basis for all positive human endeavour and interaction. It relates back to the saying documented throughout history ‘nosce teipsum’ aka ‘know thyself’; but what does it actually mean to know oneself, what is the definition of one’s ‘self’?
This question and the concept of understanding what it means to be ‘conscious’ of oneself as a human being remains the subject of endless debate amongst the scientific and philosophical communities. This paper focuses on the following areas of research:
- The conceptualisation, development and measurement of self-awareness
- General everyday benefits of being more self-aware
- Emotional intelligence and the link to self-awareness
- Self-awareness in the workplace and leadership
The Colour Code mobilises these constructs through the lens of Jungian typology as a foundation through the use of Insights Discovery. The Insights Discovery profile acts as a mirror for individuals with a description of how they appear in the world, (how they see themselves) and potentially how others may see them on good or bad days. This knowledge combined with the desire to understand more about yourself and others enables participants to increase their levels of self-awareness through reflection.
Once an individual can understand why a person might act in the manner that they do, they can put into practice the hints and tips Insights provides on communication in order to create positive outcomes. In essence as our level of self-awareness increases the potential to grow our sphere of influence is widened.