SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-ESTEEM Part of being self-aware and having self-esteem is getting a better idea of the big picture and in turn your role in it. This will have already happened once, because you have come to an information session or a group meeting and have already identified yourself as someone who might need help. Self-awareness is knowing yourself, how you separate feelings and actions and how you are likely to think and react to different situations. It is being able to examine memories to analyze feelings and actions without reliving them emotionally. It can also mean that you are in the group and can relate to experiences and perspectives you hear and apply them to your own life. Self-esteem is often referred to as taking pride in oneself. It is more than self-awareness because it means you have taken steps to forgive yourself for mistakes in the past.