CHAPTER 9

Principle 4: Self-Awareness

Know thyself.

Inscription in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollos at Delphi

Definition

Building self-awareness in people through helping them understand the relation between what they feel, think, and act, and their impact on others, is a crucial step toward their greater personal and professional competence.

Julia: I see this as a learning outcome, rather than a learning principle. Why is it listed as a principle?

You have a good point. We can see self-awareness as a goal, and many learning situations aim at it, that is, therapy sessions, self-help groups, coaching relationships, and self-development programs. The reason it is raised to the level of a learning principle is based on the extreme importance ...

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