Improving Self-Awareness and Self-Insight

Richard Klimoski and Xiaoxiao Hu

in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390483
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Improving Self-Awareness and Self-Insight

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This chapter is designed to review the multiple ways that one can improve the capacity to seek or generate self-relevant information (self-knowledge) and ways to promote regular self-awareness and (occasional) self-insight. Self-insight generally implies the level of understanding that exists relative to the nature of one’s self-system (self-definition, needs, goals, attributes), while self-knowledge relates to the accuracy of introspection about these internal states and capacities (Wilson, 2009). These are thought to be at the core of interpersonal competence, a capability absolutely essential in today’s work organization. While the “voice” of the chapter is that aimed at informing the human resources (HR) professional or practitioner, the material covered would be useful to individuals who are personally motivated to know more about how they might become more effective interpersonally through efforts at improving self-knowledge and self-insight.

Keywords: self-awareness; self-insight; self-knowledge; interpersonal competence

Article.  12989 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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