Emotional self-awareness is a foundation of emotional intelligence

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Emotional Self-Awareness is the ability to recognize and understand one’s own emotions. People with this competence are able to identify subtle differences in their emotions and know how their emotions affect their behavior, decisions, and performance.

If you are unaware of what is going on inside of you, you can’t influence or change it. But by consistently practicing the skills of emotional self-awareness, you will get great insights about your own world and will be able to change it to your benefit.

You will benefit greatly by knowing “Who, what and why pushes your buttons”. This strategy will help you to take control of the situations when you are provoked or overpowered by your own anger, frustration, or fear. To practice this strategy, turn on the “Radar” of Emotional Self-awareness in order to:

1). identify moments when your “hot buttons” are pushed;
2). recognize which situations,  circumstances,  and/or people push your “hot buttons”;
3). understand the cues for your emotional reactions by reflecting on your expectations, beliefs, and values.

Become “Emotionally Smart” by paying attention to the signals of your self-awareness.