(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)
Being self-aware is being conscious of your thoughts, feelings, presence, direction, desires, talents, and joys. When you are self-aware you are open to feel a connection with others.
A self-absorbed person is closed off, may have a false sense of importance, and is nearly always in fear of something, such as not being accepted, included, or perhaps even wanted. A self-absorbed person feels separate-from.
Self-aware does not make you perfect, but it does let you enjoy your imperfections! The self-absorbed person tries to hide their imperfections.
Coaching Point: Who helps you be self-aware?
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