Top 11 Best Self-Awareness Books

Self-Awareness Books: Self-Awareness is important for your own sake. This will let you achieve self-growth so that you don’t have to be clueless about the things that you need to do to improve.  The best self awareness books will inspire you to become a better person can help you to see the world in a different light. To be truly aware of yourself, you will need to be more observant so that you will be aware of the things that you need to improve on. As an intelligent being, you will need to be more observant about your surroundings as well. It will help you to see other people around you for you to check if you can also learn from them. Books about self-awareness and self-growth can boost your self-esteem, control your emotions better, and discover the power within you. These books can help you to become more self-aware so that you can use it to your advantage and become a better version of yourself.

Self-Awareness Books

In over 45 years as a practicing psychologist, social entrepreneur, and professor, I have learned that emotional intelligence is the key to success in work and in life. I also know that becoming more self-aware is the key to developing strong emotional intelligence. I have taught, coached, and counseled people on how to become more self-aware and how to develop their social-emotional competencies. Both activities lead to higher emotional intelligence. This book presents the best practices developed and delivered in my teaching and in my psychology practice. Some of the stories and exercises in this book came from my previous book Balanced Leadership in Unbalanced Times (2009). I published some of the stories and exercises as articles on my blog at Please visit as I will continue to write there. I wrote this book because not everyone who needs this information is here at the University of Michigan to take my class. While it’s nice to have a teacher and coach to help you through the process, you can learn a lot by yourself through reading this book and working on its exercises. If you follow the process, you’ll end up with a self-made vision for success in both work and life. Furthermore, you will learn to set goals and develop the support that will enable you to make your dreams come true.

Self-awareness is the bedrock of emotional intelligence that enables you to see your talents, shortcomings, and potential. But you won’t be able to achieve true self-awareness with the usual quarterly feedback and self-reflection alone.

This book will teach you how to understand your thoughts and emotions, how to persuade your colleagues to share what they really think of you, and why self-awareness will spark more productive and rewarding relationships with your employees and bosses.

This volume includes the work of:

  • Daniel Goleman
  • Robert Steven Kaplan
  • Susan David


The HBR Emotional Intelligence Series features smart, essential reading on the human side of professional life from the pages of Harvard Business Review. Each book in the series offers proven research showing how our emotions impact our work lives, practical advice for managing difficult people and situations, and inspiring essays on what it means to tend to our emotional well-being at work. Uplifting and practical, these books describe the social skills that are critical for ambitious professionals to master.

This might look like a self-help book. It might even read like one. Once you dive into its pages, however, you will find some differences. Unlike others of its kind, this book does not promise results or give expert opinions. It is neither a miracle cure nor a magic potion. It does not pretend to have all the answers.

Rather, this book is a plea for self-trust and a gentle guide to self-awareness. Instead of helping you become who you think you should be, The Art of Talking to Yourself hopes to introduce you to someone more interesting: who you are.

So, this book will not fix you. But if the words herein have their intended effect, you will flip the last page realizing that you do not need to be fixed. This book, rather than a cure, is an exploration—a curious adventure into your inner mystery. If it inspires you to understand yourself better, it has done its job.

For the first time ever, the Toltec wisdom from the Ruiz family is bound together in a book of Daily Meditations.

Readers are invited on a six-month journey of daily lessons with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. that are designed to inspire, nourish, and enlighten adherents as they travel along the Toltec path.

Drawing on years of apprenticeship under his father and grandmother, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. shares Toltec lessons on Love, Faith, Agreements, and most importantly: Awareness. The purpose of each meditation is to guide readers into a deeper understanding of his or her self, as well as the world in which we live.

In the introduction to the book, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. reminds readers that progress on the Toltec path is not measured by the acquisition of things, status, or even ideas, but rather the complete and total realization that everything in the world is perfect, exactly the way it is at this moment.

“Love is accepting ourselves just the way we are, with all of our flaws and our ever-changing belief system. You are nothing else but who you are. You are not the person you were a year ago. You are not the person you will be in a year. You aren’t even the person you think you are. You simply are, and that must be enough.” –don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

The heart of Anthony de Mello’s bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello’s words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis.

In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.

Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.

Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy―an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness―that is both profound and clarifying.

His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding. Reading his poetic prose is like being given second sight, exposing the reader to life’s multiple dimensions, each one drawn with awe and affection.

The Book of Awakening is the result of Nepo’s journey of the soul and will inspire others to embark on their own. He speaks of spirit and friendship, urging readers to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships. Encompassing many traditions and voices, Nepo’s words offer insight on pain, wonder, and love. Each entry is accompanied by an exercise that will surprise and delight the reader in its mind-waking ability.

With the recent rave about emotional intelligence, it is easy to assume that lots of people are actually in charge of their emotional and behavioral responses. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. More and more people are still enslaved to their emotions and that is negatively impacting their relationships and work. You need a shift from mere theories to a more hands-on approach to Emotional Intelligence that can bring about real-life results.

This book will show you:

  • Real-life situations where emotional intelligence is useful.
  • Practical ways to improve your self-awareness and self-management.
  • How to detect and effectively handle energy vampires.
  • Practical steps to improve your empathy level.
  • How to manage your emotions instead of suppressing them.

And so much more!

Plus, you will learn how to use the EQ-i 2.0 tool to improve your Emotional Intelligence!

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Our brains never stop growing, learning and adapting. Every day, we have the opportunity to form new neural pathways based on what we learn and the decisions we make, overwriting the old patterns and self-narratives that have held us back from leading a fulfilling and authentic life.

From self-help expert Erica Spiegelman, author of the best-selling recovery book RewiredThe Rewired Life uses the method of self-realization which she has developed through years of counseling and motivational speaking.

The Rewired Life
 is a new way of looking at life, enabling anyone to change their neural pathways by increasing their emotional awareness, guiding them on how to take care of their bodies and minds, and implementing daily routines that nourish all aspects of life.

The Rewired Life 
is the guidebook to rewiring your entire life—from how we communicate, learn and identify our narratives, effective self-care strategies, improving our quality of sleep, understanding healthy diet and exercise practices, technology, relationships, and so much more.

Become a true leader through Mindfulness

If you thought leading a team or organization meant simply creating and implementing a financial plan, delegating responsibility, and watching the bottom line, well, you’re only partly right. True leadership comes from within, a place of deep calm and focus, that allows you to respond to any situation as it arises. In Mindful Leadership, you’ll learn how to draw on those inner reserves through Mindfulness Meditation, a tool you can use to achieve focus and clarity, reduce stress, and develop the presence of mind to meet any number of challenges.

The book opens up a world of meditation exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime (no chanting or patchouli required!) and that are the gateway to improved judgment and decision making, improved time management, enhanced team effectiveness, greater productivity, and more on-the-job inspiration and innovation.

  • Details the nine ways in which leaders can incorporate Mindfulness into every aspect of their lives
  • Illustrates how meditation and business actually do mix
  • Essential for anyone interested in anticipating and serving client needs
  • The author coaches executives throughout North America and is quoted widely in the media

Drawing on his background, experience, and interests, coupled with pertinent use of available literature, Dr. DeVore has created a simple, masterful work of art that can support the efforts of a golfer to practice mindfulness, awareness, and self-restraint; to accomplish golf goals; and to become his-her best coach, caddie, and partner. Dr. DeVore is convinced that awareness of the Self, life, and the game differentiates golfers, creates the “best of the best,” and is the most important ingredient on every shot. Golf, as life, requires juggling multitudes of environmental, technical, and human challenges; and demands we awaken and transcend the attachments and aversions that can keep us mired in the chaos of human evolution.

Self-Awareness: A Journal brings together key aspects of a variety of self-help techniques in one simple 30-day journal. It’s broken down into morning and evening sections for each day which will quickly guide you to get your thoughts and feelings out on paper. It’s intended to help you become more self-aware so you can uncover the changes you’re ready to make to better your life.

These sections include:
-dream journal
-gratitude practice
-intention setting
-positive affirmations
-daily rituals (morning & evening)
-daily goals
-body awareness
-daily intake tracker (including water & exercise)
-daily habit/vice tracker (including television/screen time and two blank spaces)
-daily spending
-daily accomplishments
-standard journal space