Situational awareness is a social and emotional intelligence skill that assists individuals assess social and political currents within the various contexts and adjust their behavior accordingly to fit in. In doing so the individual may need to wear a mask as their genuine self/behavior may not be appropriate for the setting.
An individual with situational awareness is able to:
Wearing masks appears to be a social construct but why?
I am afraid to tell you who I am because you may not like who I am and who I am is all I have.
John Powell SJ
Fear of judgment and rejection impact our behaviors, we want to be liked and accepted by others. A buddy of mine, Grant Hatcher taped a live video of himself sharing his perspective on toxic masculinity and its impact on his father who died by suicide. Grant openly cried and shared his heart, he was in the moment and genuine. I was impacted by his ability to put himself out there I felt he displayed heroic vulnerability.
Unfortunately, I hear too often that emotions/feelings are good or bad. Emotions and feelings are your bodies way of communicating with you, it is essential to take the time to listen to your body, identify what it is your feeling and what has caused the emotion/feeling. All emotions/feelings have value none are bad despite the fact they may make us feel uncomfortable.
You may discover that you experience specific feelings when you are engaging in behaviors that go against your beliefs and values. Knowing you may experience emotions or feelings when not genuine to self may assist you to choose roles within your personal and professional life that are in alignment with your genuine self. These choices may allow you to retire a few masks and be your genuine self more often than not.
“Imperfect Perspectives" will consist of written and video format. The writing and videos will be imperfect as I am the composer and director and I am perfectly imperfect! Be genuine, have the hard conversations and be compassionate to self and other. Be empowered!