Self-Awareness and Constructive Functioning: Revisiting “the Human Dilemma”

@article{Silvia2004SelfAwarenessAC,
  title={Self-Awareness and Constructive Functioning: Revisiting “the Human Dilemma”},
  author={Paul J. Silvia and Maureen E O'Brien},
  journal={Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology},
  year={2004},
  volume={23},
  pages={475-489}
}
  • P. Silvia, M. O'Brien
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Self-awareness-the capacity to focus attention on oneself, and thus to self-evaluate-has a bad reputation in social-clinical psychology because of its ties to negative affect, depression, suicide, and dysfunction. Using Rollo May's (1967) analysis of "the human dilemma," we outline self-awareness's beneficial contributions to psychological functioning. Without self-awareness, people could not take the perspectives of others, exercise self-control, produce creative accomplishments, or experience… 
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