Get 35 Journal prompts for self-awareness, with free printable list included.
Have you ever considered how self-aware you are?
It’s interesting how some people are extremely self-aware, while others appear completely carefree.
A lot about self-awareness probably depends on maturity, age, and experience, but greater self-awareness is something anyone can develop.
Self-awareness is the ability to focus on yourself to know how your actions, demeanor, thoughts, or emotions do or don’t align with your inner standards.
Inner standards are the benchmark upon which you think you should behave, think, or feel. Standards have to do with what you find acceptable or not acceptable within your life.
Self-awareness also has to do with having accurate knowledge of how you come across to others. We all want to present ourselves favorably and accurately.
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Having a clear self-awareness is important for many reasons. It’s how you understand how you present yourself to the world.
Relationships, careers, self-esteem, and more are all affected by how you present yourself.
It’s important to know that becoming more self-aware doesn’t mean being fake or becoming self-conscious. Self-awareness can become negative if you take a negative perspective.
Positive self-awareness is very different from self-consciousness or narcissism. You don’t want to judge yourself, feel anxious about how you are or get obsessed with your image. But rather treat self-awareness as a tool for positive personal development.
Greater self-awareness is a skill that anyone can refine. Inner standards can be identified, analyzed, and adjusted. Actions, energy, and images can be shifted with love and grace.
Here are some journal prompts to get you thinking more deeply on this topic.
35 Journal Prompts for Self Awareness
You can grab the PDF printable journal prompts list at the bottom. Simply download, print, and use these journaling questions whenever you want. Let’s begin.
- What makes you feel good about yourself?
- What makes you feel bad about yourself?
- How well are you meeting your inner standards for yourself in general?
- How well are you meeting your inner standards for yourself today?
- How well are other people meeting your expectations and standards?
- How is your job meeting or not meeting your standards?
- How is your home life meeting or not meeting your standards?
- Do you think your standards are healthy and reasonable? Why?
- Where might your standards need to be adjusted, if at all?
- How do you treat other people?
- How do you expect yourself to treat others?
- Describe your tone of voice.
- Describe your usual body language and common facial expressions.
- Describe your manner of dress and intentional visual representation.
- How clear is your verbal communication?
- How authentic are you, and how truthful?
- How direct versus indirect are you?
- How passive versus assertive?
- What is your general demeanor?
- What language do you use and what words or phrases do you say often?
- How self-conscious versus unbridled are you?
- How altruistic versus self-centered are you?
- Do you want to be more or less: Assertive? Accommodating? Understanding? Kind? Nurturing? Thoughtful? Anything else?
- Who influences your standards? Your self-image? IE: Society? Friends? Parents? Job? Significant other?
- Is there anything that triggers you about other people’s standards or level of self-awareness?
- Journal about your standards in friendships, love relationships, work relationships, and family relationships.
- How do you want to be treated? What are your expectations when it comes to how other people treat you? Make a list for specific relationships.
- Describe a time you believed something untrue about yourself.
- Describe a time you felt most authentically yourself.
- Journal about anything that has strengthened your self-awareness.
- Do you think how other people receive you is fair or accurate? Why?
- Describe any gap between how you are reacted to versus how you would like to be reacted to.
- What do you see when you look at yourself?
- What do you see other people seeing when they look at you?
- Are you as you want to be seen, and if not, what needs to be adjusted on your end?
Self-Awareness Journal Prompts PDF
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I believe journal prompts for self-awareness can help a lot of people. Knowing yourself by journaling is empowering. So, feel free to share with a friend or use it during therapy sessions.
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Self-aware vs self-conscious
In many ways, you can be the best version of yourself by using self-awareness.
But, as mentioned before it is possible to take things in a negative direction and become self-conscious.
There is a big difference between positive self-awareness and unhealthy self-consciousness. The lines between the two can blur. But the difference is this:
Self-awareness is kind, loving, and based on personal development. While self-consciousness embodies the energy of fear and lack.
Narcissism or self-obsession is also rooted in deep insecurity and inner pain that likely needs to be healed. These are important distinctions to keep in mind. And journal prompts for self-awareness can highlight the difference.
I hope you have enjoyed reading through this list of deep questions to get to know yourself better. Knowledge is power, as they say. And that is why becoming more aware of how you present yourself, your actions, words, and more can be really helpful.
Self-awareness is one way to see what you really look like to others. And importantly, see what you look like to yourself. Then you can know how closely you’re aligned with your inner truth.
Please let me know what you think about these journal prompts for self-awareness in the comments. And have a lovely day!
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