Practical Application: List of Questions for Assessing Self-Awareness

Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Self-awareness assessments are a powerful workplace tool. This list of questions will help supervisors assess their own self-awareness and the self-awareness of their employees.

Questions to Assess Self-Awareness

Individuals who are self-aware are conscious of their own thoughts, feelings and actions. They understand the impact that they have on the people around them and often make better decisions as a result. In the workplace, self-awareness helps people lead and work more effectively.

Although most people believe they are self-aware, research has shown that very few of us are actually as self-aware as we think we are. The following questions can help you determine your capacity to recognize your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You should answer each question with a 'yes' or a 'no.'

Sensory Data Questions

These questions help you assess your ability to use your senses to gather information.

  • Do I listen for verbal cues, such as tone, when communicating with other people?
  • Do I look for nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions, gestures, and posture, when communicating with other people.
  • Do I rely on observable facts and figures to evaluate situations?
  • Do I use intuition to make decisions?

Thought Questions

Thought questions help you assess your ability to interpret sensory data and establish expectations based on that data.

  • Do I use logic to to arrive at an interpretation or conclusion?
  • Do I analyze data to arrive at an interpretation or conclusion?
  • Do I use rational thought processes to arrive at an interpretation or conclusion?
  • Do I believe that my assumptions are based on past, present, and anticipated experiences?

Feeling Questions

These questions help you assess your feelings, or more specifically, your ability to respond to sensory data and thoughts as you interpret them.

  • Am I able to identify emotions like frustration, longing, or disappointment in the moment I feel them?
  • Do my feelings influence my behavior?
  • Do my desires motivate my responses?
  • Do I consider other people's needs when making decisions about what I want?

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