Do you know someone who is opposite of self-aware?
Mr. Unaware is like that. He thinks he’s funny, but people don’t laugh at his jokes, He is sure that he’s bad at listening, so he makes dumb jokes and snide comments instead. But only if he knew! It turns out he could be someone so trustworthy and supportive, only if he were more self-aware. He has got some problems and his biggest problem: he doesn’t know about self-awareness.
It is easy to see that self-awareness is important for our relationships. If we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses, we can see ourselves honestly. We can see the same person others see. That creates a chance for us to build trust.
If we can see our strengths, we can use them. And if we can be realistic about our weaknesses, we can improve.
November 20th is the United Nation’s Universal Children day – the date the Convention on the rights of the Child was ratified. It is the most widely signed human rights legislation in the history, and it recognises that children are citizens with specific rights, such as the rights to health, education, play…. and appropriate information.
I think that includes information about themselves, because without self-awareness, young people will be stuck in the patterns of thinking and reacting that block them from their full potential.
Adults need self-awareness too
Because without self-awareness, they wont be able to form the trustworthy, supportive relationships needed to support children to be and do their best.
As adults, we have a lot of work to do if we’re going to create a world where the rights of every child are honoured and supported.
While that work plays out on a geopolitical stage, it’s also work we can each do in our own small ways. We can each be more aware of of our biases, our own reactions, and our own strengths that we can share with the young people in our lives.