To live through this era of time often seems as something that is more confusing than perhaps constructive.
We live in a world of chaos.
Where within the chaos itself, we have also set some egregiously far-fetched standards.
Through the lens of westernized capitalism, too much is expected of the individual, and it throws us all into a state of frenzy.
A resultant collection of the individually lost.
Everyone is just trying to find their place.
As we come to an acceptance of this, tapping into and maintaining our social awareness becomes an absolutely crucial first step in any attempts to alleviate such mass confusion.
Together, we can move through this chaos. We can set new standards and more effectively apply our humanity.
But we must put forth the effort, and we must stay patient and understanding.
We must maintain a social awareness.
What Is Social Awareness?
Social awareness is something that we all intrinsically comprehend. To be cognizant of the fact that other people operate in a direct correlation to their own perspective.
But are we truly aware of this knowledge which we possess?
Do we consciously submit to such, in the pursuit of a mutual benefit?
Sadly, the answer to these questions is more often than not, no.
Perhaps it is because we do not fully understand the potential of true social awareness.
Perhaps if we did, we could do better?
Let us define social awareness as, one’s objective understanding of their own actions in a social situation, coupled with an objective acknowledgment of the reactions of another.
How To Enhance Social Awareness
With an objective understanding, we can then isolate our social awareness and configure some tangible path of growth.
We can begin to attempt to do better. That is, we can begin to enhance our social awareness.
Although the daily tasks we can pursue and achieve to go about this are quite vast, there are a few which we should isolate and focus on, first and foremost.
1. Listen more
For starters, let’s listen more, and with a genuine interest.
When people are speaking to you, listen, to both the positive and negative responses that you receive.
Try to fully comprehend the information another presents, before you react to it.
2. Pay more attention
With that, we should also be paying more attention. To not only the words of another, but to their body language and tone as well.
It’s said that less than 15% of human interaction is actually derived from our speech.
So it becomes of absolute importance that we are also paying attention to everything else which constitutes any given moment. Where our truths often are showcased elsewhere, than in our words.
3. Acknowledge your feelings
Let us acknowledge this as it would pertain to our individual self, as well.
We should be maintaining an awareness of our own emotional construct and how it may be driving our actions.
Know how you feel, and embrace the truth of it.
4. See through the eyes of the other
While you likewise do everything you can to know how others are feeling. Try to see through the eyes of the other, and attempt to perceive life as if you were them.
Allow your empathy to flow, as you fully embrace an understanding.
And if you find this difficult, don’t fret. Instead, request an adequate expression from the other.
5. Request and require feedback
In fact, require feedback.
There is nothing more counterproductive in this world, than a group of people all trying to guess how one another feel.
May we work together with our peers to make an expressive feedback loop common practice, for all parties involved.
6. Own your actions
And amongst it all, own your actions.
What you say and what you do is a direct reflection of your intentions.
Even the things you choose not to say or do directly portray those same intentions.
And yes, your actions often do a whole lot more speaking than your actual words, remember this always.
Let us also remember that none of us are perfect. To maintain your social awareness in a 24/7 fashion is difficult.
But with diligent practice and an active attempt at applying these six steps in our daily lives, the chaos can be greatly diminished.
Embrace Diversity, Express Sensitivity
Which sounds nice, right? I mean, is this not what we are all ultimately seeking? For life to feel less chaotic, more manageable, and easier to understand?
Ironically, such an understanding will find its roots in a pursuit of understanding.
So may we embrace our diversities, on both a collective and individual level, as we likewise find comfort in expressing our sensitivities.
Because a world filled with more social awareness, is a less chaotic world.
One where people’s feelings are unintentionally hurt, less often. Where there is less guessing, and more direct understanding. A naturally more productive world, filled with knowledge and reason. Where a vision for the future can be more efficiently discussed, thus creating some much more realistic paths of action.
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Can you think of a time when your own social awareness helped to diminish the potential stressors in life? Or maybe a time when you helped point out to a friend that they could be more socially aware? Share your stories with us in the comments below!