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Tasha Eurich

Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

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Insight by Tasha Eurich is a self-help book that shows the benefits of knowing oneself better and offers methods to gain self-awareness. It provides practical advice to improve relationships and work performance.

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    Self-awareness is the ability to understand who we are and what others think of us, and it consists of seven insights.

    Self-awareness is one of the more remarkable features that set humans apart from animals. Some 150,000 years ago, the brain of Homo sapiens developed in a way that led our ancestors to begin examining their own behavior, thoughts and emotions. In this way, self-awareness was born.

    Self-awareness is defined as the ability to know oneself and be conscious of how others see us. Psychologists separate self-awareness into two categories: internal and external.

    Internal self-awareness is about knowing ourselves; being conscious of our likes and dislikes, our ambitions, our place in the environment and our impact on other people.

    External self-awareness has to do with understanding how other people see us. It’s about being able to look at ourselves from an outside perspective.

    Surprisingly, scientific research shows there’s hardly any relationship between internal and external self-awareness. But research has found a relationship between a person’s happiness and how self-aware they are. People who have both internal and external self-awareness are able to make better decisions, have stronger professional and personal relationships, are more successful and more creative.

    So how do we develop self-awareness?

    To be fully self-aware requires seven types of insight, the first of which involves insight into our values. Our values are the principles guiding how we live our lives. Examples of these include honesty, humility and fairness.

    The second and third insights are our passions and aspirations, which are concerned with discovering the things we love doing, and what our life goals are.

    Fit is the fourth insight. It involves understanding which environment will make us happiest, keep us engaged and enable us to thrive.

    Then come patterns – the consistent behaviors that make up our personality. We must understand how we think, feel and act in various situations.

    The sixth insight refers to our reactions – the emotional and physical behaviors we exhibit in certain circumstances. For example, our ability to control our feelings under stress.

    And the final insight is impact – understanding how our own behavior affects others.

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    What is Insight about?

    Insight (2017) takes you on a journey from self-blindness to self-awareness – a highly valuable, but surprisingly absent skill. Author Tasha Eurich explains what self-awareness is and why it’s a crucial quality to have. She identifies various obstacles to becoming self-aware and provides strategies to overcome them.

    Insight Review

    Insight (2017) by Tasha Eurich is a thought-provoking book that explores the power and importance of self-awareness in personal and professional growth. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Through in-depth research and interviews, the author uncovers the benefits of self-awareness, providing readers with practical tools to enhance their self-understanding.
    • With compelling stories and examples from diverse individuals, Eurich demonstrates how self-awareness can lead to better relationships, improved decision-making, and increased success.
    • The book challenges conventional wisdom and offers a fresh perspective on self-reflection, making it a captivating and enlightening read that keeps readers engaged throughout.

    Best quote from Insight

    When people are steeped in self-delusion, they are usually the last to find out.

    —Tasha Eurich
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    Who should read Insight?

    • Individuals who’d like to gain more self-awareness
    • Anyone coping with peers who lack self-awareness
    • Leaders who want to build a self-aware and successful team

    About the Author

    Dr. Tasha Eurich is a researcher, organizational psychologist, and bestselling author. She gained a PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from Colorado State University. Eurich’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur and CNBC.com. Eurich was named a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America and a Leader to Watch by the American Management Association. Her 2014 TEDxMileHigh talk has been viewed over a million times.

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    What is the main message of Insight?

    The main message of Insight is the importance of self-awareness for personal and professional success.

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    Is Insight a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Insight is worth reading for its practical insights on self-awareness and its impact on success.

    Who is the author of Insight?

    The author of Insight is Tasha Eurich.

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