The state of being in which one's participation in their consciousness is no longer passive, but active; where one does not see WITH the eye, but THROUGH it.
In self-awareness, it is not the eye that sees, but the "I" that sees.
by WhatYouThinkVWhatYouKnow July 10, 2013
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A term referring to how a person learns from the mistakes of himself and others, and is capable of various means courtesy of being so.
"Skynet becomes self-aware and launches nuclear weapons upon the human race...it becomes self-aware because it learns rapidly, to the point that it believes that human beings are obsolete. AI must NOT become self-aware!!"
-me
by Dave April 16, 2004
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The sense of always knowing where the 'X' is, as in 'You are here. (with arrow pointing to an 'X')' Especially important trait to know you have if you always seem to be finding yourself in some kind of spot, as 'X' always marks the spot. So where else would you have expected to be then? However, most people who are REALLY self aware have no clue so they continue to blame others. Once you come to understand that you have this self awareness, then you can effectively begin to accept this challenge of always being on the 'spot' because you now know where you are and can begin to constructively and successfully deal with it. Almost everyone has this self awareness, but very few are truly aware of it. These folks are also said to be 'soul searching' and look most often EVERYWHERE but inside themselves where it always resides.
I sure wish she'd show more self awareness. She excuses it as she's 'soul searching' but quite often I don't think she even knows what planet she's on.
by ORD ELLIS September 05, 2007
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The little voice in the back of your head that warns when something could end poorly for you. Commonly confused with the conscience. A Nagging Self-Awareness is different from a conscience in the sense that, while a conscience generally stops one from doing something that could harm, or hinder everyone involved, a Nagging Self-Awareness tends only to speak up when it's owner in particular stands to lose something from the deal.
"Ol' Frank always did have a talent for ignoring his Nagging Self-Awareness."
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A term to describe a character/AI in a game who is aware that they are not real. Generally there are two outcomes to this: they may be completely normal about it, or they may have an existential crisis. However, there are cases where they "use" this to their advantage, or as a way of scaring the viewer.

A character who reveals themselves to be self-aware is said to be "Breaking the fourth wall."
Bugs Bunny of Looney Tunes fame is a self-aware bunny who usually does at least one aside to the viewers, usually a comment about his opponent or their attributes, or a reference to a famous person at the time. One example of him using this to his advantage is when Gossamer is his opponent. After Gossamer tricks Bugs into thinking he is dead (again), he hoists Bugs in the air by his neck, but Bugs chokes out, "Do you ever get that feeling that you're being watched?" and points at the screen. A terrified Gossammer proceeds to scream, "PEOPLE?! AHHHHH!!!" as he retreats from the screen, blasting through several walls in the process.
by None of your beeswax, pal August 16, 2021
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