Everyone wants to be self-aware. I mean, self-awareness is simply the ability to know one’s self, unaffected by one’s environment or relationships. Essentially, it’s just really, really, really knowing who you are in every single situation, which is obviously a good thing.
This would mean you’re not the type of girl who slowly starts becoming a mirror image of her boyfriend or who buys a black leather jacket because everyone she works with has a black leather jacket. Though, black leather jackets are a wardrobe staple, so I totally do suggest you snag yourself one.
While being self-aware means you have an unwavering sense of self, self-awareness doesn’t mean being stubborn or arrogant. These negative traits can actually hinder your self-awareness, because you’re unable to see your self completely. Someone who is self-aware is able to accept both their strengths and their weaknesses.
There’s also a certain level of self-awareness that is apparent in social situations. This is a social consciousness, which is a fancy word for not acting like a complete idiot in public. Y’know, just being aware. When one is truly self-aware they will be socially conscious as well, as they will know who they are and how to behave in public. I mean, we all have that one nutty friend who acts like a crazy at every party, but it’s really just because she needs to get in touch with herself and, like, start a dream journal or something. (Stop drinking tequila and yelling at police officers and start meditating, Brittany!)
With both self-awareness and social consciousness in mind, here are the zodiac signs ranked on just how self-aware they are. If you’re one of the less self-aware signs, the most aware signs have tips and tricks of how to be more self-aware like them, so read on and become the most self-aware version of yourself!
*Check out our bonus entries for the top 3 signs!*
15. Gemini: Way Too Many Personalities To Be Self-Aware
Gemini, you are beloved by friends and family for quite a few reasons. You’re spontaneous, chatty, and just plain exciting to be around. In fact, your friends may feel that they never know exactly what will happen during a night out on the town with you. That said, you’re not necessarily beloved because you’re super self-aware. It’s really not your fault, though. It’s just that you simply have too many different personalities to be self-aware.
Gemini, you’re known as the sign of the twin, which refers to the fact that there are generally two – or more – opposing feelings going on inside of you at once. This can make you indecisive and nervous. At best, you can hope to be self-aware of the fact that you have all these opposing feelings, but your ability to really be aware of yourself and conscious of yourself in social situations is stunted by all the feelings your constantly feeling.
Not to worry, your friends still love you for how positive and friendly you are. They just also know you’re a loose cannon you are.
14. Leo: Self-Centeredness Gets In The Way Of Being Self-Aware
Leo, you are a warm, passionate, cheerful person. People may think you’re someone who is always happy, even though we all know everyone has their down moments in life. This particular positive passion is also felt in terms of yourself, meaning you really love yourself. Like, you REALLY love yourself.
Of all the signs, you’re most likely to be arrogant and self-centered. It’s just because you’re a queen and demand you be treated as such. I get down with that level of self-love, but it hinders your self-awareness, as you tend to see yourself in only a positive light. If there are some negative aspects of your personality, you’re likely to gloss over them and not want to full acknowledge them.
In social situations, you also may not be completely self-conscious, as you’re most concerned with the spotlight being on you. You’re a true ham, but this can sometimes rub people the wrong way. Of course, they are simply peasants and you’re a queen, so who cares?
13. Capricorn: Too Busy Judging Others
Capricorn, you are a sign that represents responsibility and tradition. Because of this, you put great value on tradition, conservatism, and manners. You’re old school in that sense.
Because you have such great respect for tradition and such overwhelming self-control, you can be critical of people who don’t behave in a way that’s up to your standards. And by critical, I mean very, very judgmental. In fact, you’re so judgmental of others that it inhibits you from being full self-aware. Your mind is too busy judging people for not living up to your standards that you don’t have the time to consider their standards, which my differ from yours.
In social settings, you can come off as condescending and cold. In order to be more self-aware and conscious in social settings, you must accept that other’s standards may be different from yours and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, though accept others can be difficult for a stubborn earth sign.
12. Sagittarius: Your Idealistic Nature Gets In The Way
Sagittarius, you are an extroverted and excited sign. You are excitable most by things that are foreign to you. You like embracing new knowledge, people, culture and history. Anything new is good for you. You are also idealistic, which contributes to your sunny disposition, though it can also led to an ‘everything will work out’ attitude, which is not always the case.
Since you believe everything will work out, you may end up promising more than you can actually deliver or saying something too bluntly to someone. But hey, everything will work out, right? To be more self-aware, consider negative outcomes sometimes. Take off those rose-colored glasses and consider a world in which everything will not work out. This will help you see all possible consequences, consider yourself from a more objective point of view, and also connect to people in a more delicate nature.
11. Pisces: Not Everyone Is As Open-Minded As You
Pisces, you have the soul of an old hippie. Yes, there is something old and wise about you, but there is also something whimsical and creative about you too. Because of this, you have an incredibly open mind. You are extremely caring, kind and loyal. You’re basically a ball of open love.
Pisces, you tend to be self-aware in the way that you do know yourself. You have a deep connect with yourself and know who you are. However, you also tend to live in a different reality from other people. You’re a little… out there. But in a good way! It’s like you have such a good, kind soul that you simply don’t belong in the real reality. That said, you’re not completely conscious in social settings. You come off kind of like Phoebe on Friends, but everyone needs a Pheebs!
10. Taurus: Too Stubborn To See How Others See You
Taurus, you are a great friend. You care very deeply for all the relationships in your life. In fact, your personal relationships are one of the most important things to you. You are a sign that values your relationships over even career ambition. And hey, human connection is what life is all about, right?
You are practical and rational, so you do have some grasp on being self-aware. Your down fall, however, is that you are too stubborn. If someone tells you that you are maybe jealous, greedy, or a bit harsh, you will simply not hear a word of it. You’ll decide they are wrong and you’re obviously not jealous, greedy or harsh.
Your refusal to listen to how others see you hinders your self-awareness. Being more open minded about how other see you will give you more insight to your inner self as well as how you behave in social situations.
9. Cancer: In Touch With Your Moods, But Also Too Moody
Cancer, you are an extremely emotional water sign. While the Pisces comes off as whimsical and the Scorpio comes off as secretive, you, Cancer, come off as straight up emotional. Though, this can be a good thing, as you are also very perceptive to the emotions of others. In social situations, you’re the type to be sympathetic to even the ‘villain’ of the situation, since you tend to view things from all angles.
While you are conscious of yourself in social situations, you may not be as self-aware as you come off to others. Because you’re so ruled by your emotions, you sometimes have a difficult time getting to the root of the issue. Instead of figuring out why you’re feeling sad or jealous or angry, you simply feel those things too heavily to understand why.
Try to tap into your more intellectual side when you’re feelings take over and you may have a deeper self-awareness. Until then, keep feeling feelings, Cancer.
8. Aries: Your Impulsiveness Can Get In The Way
Aries, as a fire sign, you share the bright, positive attitude of other fire signs. You are confident, enthusiastic, and optimistic. Nothing can get in your way! You’re a go, go, go type of person. Forward movement all the way, every day.
Because of this, you can be impulsive and short-tempered. This impulsive nature can be very evident in social situations, y’know like when you freak out on someone or decide to go skinny-dipping at a party. In the future, it’d be best to take a moment and ask yourself ‘Why am I doing this’ before acting. This will both keep you from making mistakes and help you get to know yourself a bit better.
That said, your self-aware is strong, though hindered by your competitive nature and impulsive edge.
7. Aquarius: Your Intellectual Thought Helps You Be Self-Aware
Aquarius, you not only march to the beat of your own drum, but you also love that you march to the beat of your own drum. You enjoy being different from others. Because of your ability to enjoy your differences and your highly intellectual side, you are one of the more self-aware signs. Though, you may sometimes struggle when you do actually enjoy things that the crowd enjoys. Aquarius, if you like the new Taylor Swift song, don’t deny yourself a pop hit just because you want to be different.
Your refusal to be “the same” aside, Aquarius you are truly one of the most self-aware and independent signs. However, you don’t necessarily come off as completely conscious of yourself in social settings, as you can be temperamental and have difficulty expressing emotion. When you’re having a great conversation with someone, you thrive. It’s just the whole small talk part of socializing that you aren’t great with.
6. Scorpio: The World’s Best Secret Keeper
Scorpio, it shouldn’t shock you to see your sign this high on the list. You are a water sign, which puts you in a deep connection with emotions. You feel your own emotions deeply and are also very perspective to the emotions of others. Unlike the aloof Pisces and moody Cancer, you play things very close to the chest. Yes, you may be highly emotional, but you don’t always let that show.
Because you internalize things, you have time to feel and analyze your emotions, which allows you to discover why you’re feeling certain feelings. Of course, your passion is sometimes the problem. You’re a very passionate sign and your passion can warp your mind. You may find yourself taking action, saying something in public, or doing something out of character, and not knowing why.
Your passionate nature and secretive nature can often be at odds with each other, but overall you tend to be very self-aware.
5. How To Be More Like A Scorpio
If you happen to be a less self-aware and want to be more like the Scorpio, try to play things closer to the chest. The Scorpio is a sign of secrets and poker faces. In adopting the secretive nature of the Scorpio, you’ll keep your emotions for yourself and be able to understand them, instead of having people’s reactions influence your understanding of your own feelings. In keeping your emotions closer to you, you’ll also come off as more mysterious and more in control of yourself. You’ll seem self possessed, confident, and independent.
Signs that may benefit most from this are the other water signs, Cancer and Pisces. Both of these signs tend to let their emotions show a bit too much and are also overly influenced by others.
4. Virgo: Very Analytical, But Sometimes Too Mean To Yourself
Virgo, you are very hardworking, practical and analytical. You’re every bosses favorite employee, because you work extremely hard and need very little encouragement to do so. Also, when you do a job well done, you tend to shy away from the attention for it. While the Leo would like a raise every single time they show up to their job, you don’t need that. In fact, recognition makes you feel kind of awkward. You hate being the center of attention.
Because of your ability to step away from the limelight and your analytical nature, you tend to be very much in connection with your feelings and emotions. You are very self-aware. However, you may be too self-aware. Yep, you’re a little bit too mean to yourself. You are your own worst bully. Try not being so hard on yourself, because many times the things you think about yourself are much worse than what everyone else actually thinks about you.
3. How To Be More Like A Virgo
So, you want to be a little more like a Virgo? It starts with being able to step away from attention for which many of us are desperate. A Virgo doesn’t need attention to feel good. Giving up the need for attention and praise will make you more independent and give you more time to connect with yourself.
While being analytical and critical of yourself is good, the Virgo tends to take it too far from time to time. However, there are a few signs that could use the Virgo’s critical nature. All of the fire signs – Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo – could be a little more critical. That will help lessen their inflated egos and make them more self-aware.
The other earth signs – Taurus and Capricorn – could take a lesson from the Virgo, in that this earth sign is not as stubborn as the other earth signs. Earth signs are so practical and realistic that they are naturally self-aware, but the Taurus and Capricorn refuse to consider anyone else’s thoughts or feelings, which keeps them from being as self-aware as a Virgo.
2. Libra: Congrats, You’re The Most Self-Aware Sign
Way to be self-aware, Libra!
Libra, you are the most self-aware sign because of your desire for harmony. You are a sign that loves justice, peace and people getting along. You are always trying to bring people together and cool down heated fights. When you are personally involved in a disagreement or fight, you are able to see the situation from multiple points of view. You are able to own up to your mistakes and shortcomings. When a flaw is brought to your attention, you don’t dismiss it like other signs might. You look yourself in the mirror and try to figure out why exactly you did this bad thing to someone. When someone brings a flaw to your attention, you want to fix it, as you don’t want to let this flaw get in the way of harmony again.
Because your goal is harmony rather than a selfish goal, like how the Aries always only wants to be #1, you are able to see the world from a more objective point of view.
1. How To Be More Like A Libra
The Libra is more a big picture sign. Instead of dwelling on petty fights or every day annoyances, the Libra is able to look at things in the scheme of the whole world. The Libra knows that one person is not the whole world. This objective point of view is what helps the Libra have a clearer view of themselves and a clearer view of social situations.
The Libra isn’t interesting in something petty, like proving they were right. They would rather avoid the fight. Fire signs tend to be self-involved and could benefit from their bigger, worldlier point of view. Earth signs tend to be self-righteous and could benefit from being more open to the ideas of others. Water signs could take note of how the Libra checks their own emotions at the door and doesn’t let passion completely rule them.
Lastly, other air signs could… I’m just kidding. The other air signs are hopeless. Stay you, Gemini and Aquarius. We wouldn’t want you any other way.