Self-Awareness Books and Resources

Self Awareness Book Lists

Explore self-awareness skills books and resources to use in your classroom. Below you will find reading lists on confidence, perspectives, identity, gender roles and self-esteem, among others.

Social & Emotional Learning:
Self Awareness

Self-awareness is one of five components of social and emotional learning. The other components are self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness.  

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


CASEL’s core SEL competencies

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) describes self-awareness.

The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.


What is Self-Awareness?

Children who show self-awareness consider the effect of emotions on themselves and others. They reflect how these feelings influence their choices and any repercussions.

Self-awareness allows them the ability to recognise what triggers their emotions. For example, can they pinpoint what makes them angry, sad, jealous, etc,? This awareness helps them deal with their emotions in positive ways. It also helps children recognise the feelings of others and that people may view them differently than they see themselves.

Another self-awareness characteristic is learning their strengths, limitations and personal preferences. This allows them to develop these strengths, learn from their mistakes and seek support.

Self-Awareness Characteristics

  • Identify and verbalise emotions
  • Recognise the needs and feelings of others
  • Know how other people see them
  • Recognise and build on strengths and limitations
  • Deal with strengths and limitations with confidence and optimism
  • Explore and use different learning styles
  • Understand how emotions and thoughts influence behaviour
  • Understand what triggers emotions
  • Recognise emotions and the consequences of actions
  • Act on thoughts and feelings in positive ways
  • Self reflect on work and make changes
  • Learn from mistakes and seek support

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