Interpersonal awareness is the ability to show a true understanding of yourself and others, and having a deep knowledge of your own thoughts and feelings. Interpersonal awareness is a cornerstone for social/emotional learning, and it’s a skill that helps us get along with others.
When you think about social skills, you probably automatically think of how a person interacts with others. However, what most people don’t realize is that social skills start with an understanding of self. The ability to relate or get along with others will always be an important skill in developing emotional intelligence.
This is the group of skills that allows us to get along with others and has been the subject of much study over many years. One truth in all of this research is that while interpersonal awareness is not always easy to learn, that is is well-worth it. Strong interpersonal awareness leads to stronger relationships, better work performance, and a better sense of fulfillment.
Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance
Acceptance of yourself is very important to improve interpersonal awareness, and it demands that you believe that you are good enough to be accepted by yourself and others. You must learn to like yourself before others can like you. Once you have learned the skills of self-awareness (being aware of yourself and your feelings) and self-acceptance (liking yourself), interpersonal awareness can be developed.
In the next three sections, we highlight ways to understand your emotions, grow your self-awareness and your self-acceptance. Positive affirmations and becoming self-aware are apart of the process to grow your interpersonal awareness. We provide several resources to help you grow including a video, a printable, and step-by-step instructions to help you.
You may feel a lot of different emotions. Anger, frustration, stress, worry, nervousness, and disappointment are just a few of the emotions you could feel. These emotions all have a negative effect on your mood, so it’s important to try and stay positive. Watch the video below and then answer the questions that follow. This exercise is designed to simulate what you might see or feel in the workplace.
- Explain what this situation has to do with staying positive
- What are positive thoughts?
- Why are positive thoughts important to staying positive?
An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so. – Shakti Gawain
Just as Gawain says, an affirmation is a gentle reminder of something that’s already so! You’re simply reminding yourself in a positive way.
How Do I Use an Affirmation?
Each day, say your positive affirmations out loud to yourself. Find a quiet, private space and quietly say your affirmations to yourself. Some people are comfortable standing at the bathroom mirror. It may seem very strange at first, but give this several days to get used to it and notice the benefits. Print this resource out and have it handy. Read the affirmations to yourself and read the quotes on this page.
Every time we say Let there be! In any form, something happens. – Stella Terrill Mann
Self-Awareness Positive Affirmations