Being Well Podcast: How to Become More Self-Aware
May 16, 2022

Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for a person to have–and also one of the most difficult. How to become more self-aware might be the single biggest challenge in the world of personal growth because it is both so essential and so difficult to see ourselves clearly.


In this episode of Being Well, Forrest and I explore what it takes to develop self-awareness over time, where different forms of awareness come into play, and why maintaining awareness can be such a struggle. We then spend some time considering the heartening notion that the majority of what we have to look forward to when we become more self-aware is the recognition of our own positive aspects, and the natural movement towards health and integration.


Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:45: Rick’s observations of people’s self-awareness when beginning therapy 
  • 6:10: Distinguishing internal and external self-awareness
  • 7:40: Different types of internal self-awareness
  • 12:20: Why is it hard to become self-aware?
  • 18:45: Positive discoveries and Forrest’s personal experience
  • 29:05: The natural movement toward health and sanity
  • 33:35: What causes us to lose touch with positive aspects of our nature?
  • 42:45: How can we cultivate more self-awareness over time?
  • 49:45: Questions to ask yourself
  • 54:50: A creative exercise for mapping out parts of yourself
  • 58:10: Recap

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