The Self-Awareness Dimension


  1. Often, when someone asks me why I am so angry or sad, I respond (or think to myself) ”But I’m not!”
  2. When those closest to me ask why I treated someone brusquely or meanly, I often disagree that I did any such thing.
  3. I frequently—more than a couple of times a month—find that my heart is racing or my pulse is pounding, and I have no idea why.
  4. When I observe someone in pain, I feel the pain myself both emotionally and physically.
  5. I am usually sure enough about how I am feeling that I can put my emotions into words.
  6. I sometimes notice aches and pains and have no idea where they came from.
  7. I like to spend time being quiet and relaxed, just feeling what is going on inside me.
  8. I believe I very much inhabit my body and feel at home and comfortable with my body.
  9. I am strongly oriented to the external world and rarely take note of what’s happening in my body.
  10. When I exercise, I am very sensitive to the changes it produces in my body.

Give yourself one point for each True response to questions 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10; score one point for each False response to questions 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9. Score zero for each False response to 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10, and for each True response to 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9. A score of eight or higher means you are Self-Aware; a score below three means you are Self-Opaque.

Neurological Aspect of Self-Awareness

The part of the brain that receives signals from the very important visceral organs is the insula.  High level of activity in the insula support high level of self-awareness and low level of activity in the insula support low level of self awareness.  It is proven that regular meditator have more neurological thickness in their insula than non meditator.