Self-awareness doesn’t develop all at once. The process begins in childhood, as kids start being able to recognize and name their emotions, strengths and challenges, and likes and dislikes. And it keeps developing over time.
There are two types of self-awareness: private and public. Private self-awareness is when people are aware of something about themselves that others might not be — like being anxious about reading out loud.
Public self-awareness is when people are aware of how others see them. That doesn’t start happening until the age of 5. Before then, most kids don’t realize that other people aren’t always thinking and feeling the same way they are.
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