What is the definition of "self-awareness"?

Self-awareness: you recognise your own emotions and how they affect your thoughts and behaviour, know your strengths and weaknesses, and have self-confidence.

Source: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – Five Key Skills for Raising Emotional Intelligence @ HelpGuide.org

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  • Emotional Intelligence @ Mind Tools

    Excerpt: People with high emotional intelligence are usually very self-aware. They understand their emotions, and because of this, they don’t let their feelings rule them. They’re confident – because they trust their intuition and don’t let their emotions get out of control. They’re also willing to take an honest look at themselves. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and they work on these areas so they can perform better. Many people believe that this self-awareness is the most important part of emotional intelligence.

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