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Last Updated on November 26, 2023 by the thought method co.


(known concept. EQnow definition)

  1. the ability to objectively acknowledge, and not identify with, emotions, thoughts or feelings.
  2. is the recognition of consciousness and the ability to understand, acknowledge and reflect on feelings, emotions and thoughts while objectively evaluating them and weighing them against values, morals and goals.
  3. the ability to recognize and take an ojective view of ones interal dialogue, emotiosn thoughts and feelings.


Self-awareness can be considered the recognition of consciousness. Almost like a higher level of consciousness, or another layer to consciousness. Think Descartes, “I think therefore I am.” Self-awareness adds another level. “I think therefore I am” is consciousness. I think therefore I am, therefore I acknowledge thoughts and feelings is self-awareness.

With self-awareness we have the ability to the ability to recognize and take an ojective view of ones interal dialogue, emotiosn thoughts and feelings.

Imprtant becasue sometimes we can get vcrried away with outr thoughts and felings. A temporary feeling like a craving for food can keep us from our goal of having a nuritial and healthy diet. A fleeting tempation can have us making out with the person who looks good btu we know isn’t good for out

would be I think therefore I am therefore I _____ We strive for internal consistency — it’s comfortable. Inconsistency (say, something we believe is proven wrong) is uncomfortable and we are motivated to avoid and reduce it. It is also uncomfortable to acknowledge what we once believed is false, or that we have been duped or taken advantage of. With this, if anything goes against our beliefs we will go so far as flat out deny and double down on incorrect beliefs in order to avoid internal stress. We self-justify (essentially lie to ourselves).

Just like what is familiar isn’t always good, what is comfortable isn’t always beneficial. If we continue to self-justify in order to avoid a truth we will be operating from a dishonest place, from a negative place, from a place that can keep us from obtaining our goals. When we hold onto believes made with outdated or missing information (or when we believe what we want to believe despite evidence proving otherwise so we can remain comfortable) we hurt ourselves.

In order to find fulfillment, build connections and have the ability to reach goals and succeed we need to allow ourselves to change and evolve our thoughts and beliefs. Understanding cognitive dissonance and how it affects us will give us the opportunity to change our belief systems, which can result in changes in bad habits and obtaining goals.

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Hi! My name is Lyndsey Getty, the founder of The Thought Method Company. In these articles I use my unique experience and knowledge to explain complex topics in an accessible way so you can improve your thoughts. Likes, shares and comments are greatly appreciated ❤️

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