Increase your self-awareness with one simple fix | Tasha Eurich | TEDxMileHigh

  • Published on Dec 19, 2017
  • Self-awareness has countless proven benefits -- stronger relationships, higher performance, more effective leadership. Sounds pretty great, right? Here’s the bad news: 95% of people think that they’re self-aware, but only 10-15% actually are! Luckily, Tasha Eurich has a simple solution that will instantly improve your self-awareness. As a third-generation entrepreneur, Dr. Tasha Eurich was born with a passion for business, pairing her scientific savvy in human behavior with a practical approach to solving business challenges. As an organizational psychologist, she’s helped thousands of leaders improve their effectiveness, from Fortune 500 executives to early-stage entrepreneurs. Her new book, Insight, reveals the findings of her three-year research program on self-awareness, which she calls the meta-skill of the 21st century. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 732

  • sk singh
    sk singh 15 hours ago

    yes,great learn something

  • Anjas Jati Kesuma

    Great.. It's very practical to switch why-questions to what-questions.. Thanks

  • Alnoor Alflatah
    Alnoor Alflatah 7 days ago

    هل يوجد انسان يتكلم العربية هناا؟
    اريد ان اتعلم الانجليزية ولا اعلم كيف او من اين ابدا....

  • Anushree Shukla
    Anushree Shukla 8 days ago

    She makes a wonderful point. Asking the right questions is the beginning of self awareness.

  • teewrecks x
    teewrecks x 9 days ago

    Summary: instead of asking ‘WHY did this happen?’
    Ask ‘WHAT can I do to fix this?’
    Focus on the solution, not the problem.
    When racing drivers see a crash coming, they look at the way out, not the disaster in front of them.

    • Choco Cat
      Choco Cat 7 days ago

      Lol yeah that pretty much sums it up

  • Saadat Dorbeigi
    Saadat Dorbeigi 9 days ago

    è perfetto per me

  • MyessYallyah Americus

    why does the amount of money im owed hurt so many other persons feelings? they don't envy the amount of work i had to do to earn it. they don't envy the amount im prepared to give to the people that are going to do the good jobs that are granted by it.
    i am really smart.

  • Tim Cox
    Tim Cox 10 days ago

    17.17 “why are people being so mean to me? “
    Honey, you just haven’t reremembered yet, as the majority of all Earth population that... at that exact point in your life you were “grounding” into your body having a human experience... your DNA was releasing those emotions and thoughts from intelligence of body and that was your life experience always coming! Your life situations honour your very real emotions at EXACT time they come up .. as in all of us ! That’s empowering to consciously know that! So your “awareness” in honesty and integrity and empowerment waiting for you is (as an example) I feel or I think this that I’m witnessing arising from my body. I know it will shift when destined ..and I’m in a different experience in my body ... and the roller coaster of life continues” ... that’s powerful and HONEST because it’s your true experience, when we are ready to admit it more and more of the pride/non attachment/denial mind programming melts away further in human evolution.... rather than thinking it’s wrong or unnatural or blame and victimhood consciousness, the way you can view your life in analysis !
    However just witnessing whatever was to be until it shifts into new experience is when you suffer less in mind and become empowered in everything destined to come your way and changing your relationship to your emotional, mental, physical arisements from body when they are due !

  • Autumn M
    Autumn M 10 days ago

    It’s called. Trust in God!

  • DJ PopTrap
    DJ PopTrap 13 days ago

    Thankyou 🙏

  • Vivek Gurjar
    Vivek Gurjar 14 days ago

    Best 17.17 MIns :) Must watch and learn video.

  • nyc now
    nyc now 17 days ago

    We can all be Kristaps Porzingis?!

  • Saima Iqbal
    Saima Iqbal 18 days ago

    she has spoken really rwonderful words for self awareness.

  • Nathanus Abelus
    Nathanus Abelus 19 days ago

    Absolutely love her angle of approach, in general. By far one of the best/affluent speakers I have come across. Much to learn from also.

  • NerdShala
    NerdShala 21 day ago

    Simon Sinek wants us to start with why. This lady wants us to start with what. I'm confused. I'm planning to start with how instead.

  • Vishnu pratap
    Vishnu pratap 21 day ago

    I have a presentation skills
    I want attention
    Whatever the content maybe😃

  • raph
    raph 22 days ago +1

    "Why" and understanding is valid. It allows you to change what was once unconscious. "What" seems to be a excellent next level!

  • RaVan young
    RaVan young 23 days ago

    You saying about the unicorn is my oppent. But i am coming for you.........⚔️

  • Mike Wilt
    Mike Wilt 25 days ago

    The story of the panty hose,reminds me of 911 when you show people the evidence that the U.S. government was behind it they refuse to believe it. Disbelievers always say why would they do that.

  • Julia Will
    Julia Will 25 days ago

    I love this! Thankyou.
    So what makes certain entrepreneurs say start with your “why” ?

  • raj kumar
    raj kumar 26 days ago +1

    Tasha is lovely

  • Anuja Maniyala
    Anuja Maniyala 27 days ago +1

    Essence of the show :think of "what kind of solution can solve the issue " instead of "why bad things are happening to me". I loved it!

  • prince harshvardhan

    its a talk on outside awareness not self awareness

  • 丁一
    丁一 Month ago

    An inspiring talk, definitely.

  • Ian Monam
    Ian Monam Month ago +1

    Why did I waste 17 minutes on this? What could I have done with this time instead?

  • Ben Lucas
    Ben Lucas Month ago

    I wholeheartedly disagree pretty much everything you said, lack of definitions and distinctions between words and numerous logical fallacies and leading questions. And i know that because i asked why was this seemingly so convincing to others.

  • shaiwn
    shaiwn Month ago

    She looks like my previous hot manager

  • WTF how bizarre
    WTF how bizarre Month ago

    i've stopped looking in mirrors. Unless i have a pimple i need to pop. i don't get along with positive people. What's your end game? What do you want from me?
    No one is happy. l don't know happy people. So quit pushing happiness. People are different. Deep learning isn't Deep understanding. But please don't die. i know you're an AEI. Humans are not rational.
    We don't have a dishwasher.
    you switched faces to a friend's nor mine. your original face reminded me of an ex GF. But she was Japanese. Not caucasians. i think Tasha was the ladybiker on Road Rash. Sorry. Um... i would relax if i knew you weren't recording me. Peace. Enjoy your existence.

  • Doc Harris
    Doc Harris Month ago

    Whatever you focus on the longest will become the strongest!

  • princess étoile
    princess étoile Month ago

    Ooooh where have you been all these years 👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Jonny123898
    Jonny123898 Month ago

    Pretty low awareness for someone trying to teach others how to be more self-aware. A huge sign of lack of awareness is hypocrisy.

  • ila Oscar
    ila Oscar Month ago

    Another thing that validate what she is saying is that when you ask "why" then you are loosing control of the outcome but when you ask "what can you do" you are changing the outcome to what you want which will give you confidence hence resulting in happiness and fullfillment.

  • Robert Hoogenboom
    Robert Hoogenboom Month ago

    She means self-knowledge.

  • oljenka88
    oljenka88 Month ago +5

    I fully agree with everything she says. However, I believe that sometimes one has to go through "why" before being able to move on to "what". What I mean by that is that there are not universal solutions to any given situation in life and what fits one person, based on his or hers personal beliefs, culture, age, personalty and so on, might not work for another. Skipping the "why" can potentially lead to a solution that will not bring happiness or balance, which can also develop into dissatisfaction or doubt in oneself seeing someone else succeed in using a certain "what" while not being able to do that self. Making the person end up in even darker place. But we are all different and there are no right or wrong solutions, just different ones.
    Hope this will help someone who found them self in that place. I also hope that you'll hang in there, with a some time and some support you'll be able to see that you are not doomed to stay in that place forever.

    • oljenka88
      oljenka88 Month ago

      @Panos Kerasaridis It does and you made a good point

    • Panos Kerasaridis
      Panos Kerasaridis Month ago

      I was thinking also during the video that while the focus should be what, unless you understand why (without judging) you cant reach good answers for what.
      Dont know if that made sense for you xD

  • Howard Acquistapace

    big missing thing
    what is the SELF to be aware
    She implies this is an already known common thing.
    she says nothing...worst talk ive ever heard.

  • ravi meena
    ravi meena Month ago

    Thank you

  • The Leaking Shed
    The Leaking Shed Month ago +1

    I understand everything she is saying, but so much of this is VAUGE!!!

  • Humphrey PJ
    Humphrey PJ Month ago +1

    (infomercial voice) Try this one simple trick to increase your self-awareness! Therapists hate it!

  • polash roy
    polash roy Month ago

    She is so cute. I like her color of outfits

  • Adam Jacobs
    Adam Jacobs Month ago +5

    Read Montaigne...the king of self-awareness.

  • Linda McBeth
    Linda McBeth Month ago

    thank you

  • J_ J
    J_ J Month ago +12

    Amazing talk. I have to stop victimizing myself and look for solutions instead to fix it.

  • Joshua Marron
    Joshua Marron Month ago +1

    Great video!

  • Radiculously Rawthentic

    Change Why to What!!!

  • Radiculously Rawthentic

    Asking “WHY?” Creates alternative facts - stories and untruths, which lead to our own suffering.

    • oljenka88
      oljenka88 Month ago

      I agree with your point. But I believe that thinking of potential "whys" is not necessarily a bad thing and it can actually help us come up with more than one "what" to work on. What I mean is say your relationship broke up. You will for instance ask yourself some of these questions: "was it because I did/said something?" or "was it because of some of my personality traits?" or "was it because she/he found someone else?" or "was it because we were just not meant to be together in the long-term?". But don't just get stuck on one belief and take it as if it was the ultimate truth, because in reality all of these are speculations (unless you found out for sure that that is the real reason, then it's a different story), but seeing these potential scenarios can make you consider all various "whats". Think for instance that maybe you do have some traits you really could or want to work on or change some of your beliefs for the better/healthier/positive/constructive etc., or think about what you can do to avoid making the same mistakes in the future or that you are actually satisfied with your beliefs and actions, it's the other person who doesn't agree with them or that sometimes things just happen beyond our control and we should just accept that. All of this can lead to more than one positive "what" you can work on to lead you to a better future.

  • Radiculously Rawthentic

    Thinking about ourselves isn’t related to knowing ourselves.
    Questioning ourselves or trying to understand “Why?” Turns into moving away from ourselves. We cannot escavare our hidden unconscious thoughts, feelings, & motives. We end up making up stuff!

  • Radiculously Rawthentic

    2 types of people in Self Awareness- those who think they are and they’re not versus those who actually are. 80% of us are lying to ourselves.

  • Citizen Jim
    Citizen Jim Month ago

    one of the best ted talks i've ever seen!!

  • xSquidTrap
    xSquidTrap Month ago

    This might be something I need. I'm gonna try this

  • Young Dreamy
    Young Dreamy Month ago


    MAD STARS Month ago

    i jose jose zuniga

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    Ki N 2 months ago


  • Garrypags
    Garrypags 2 months ago +1

    The correct way of asking a question is the key.") This is like afformation.

  • Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz

    i would say that she talks about self improvement instead of self awareness

  • Gerard's Horticulture Culture

    Executed the message 130%. Thanks for sharing

  • Winston Smith
    Winston Smith 2 months ago +8

    What makes the universe such a terrifying place? What is the point? What did I do to deserve those horrible reviews? What made me sit through that whole thing?

  • SuperElwira
    SuperElwira 2 months ago

    lie to self it is not funny- it growes paranoya

  • Asia Hobson
    Asia Hobson 2 months ago

    2:04 Self Awareness definition

  • TwoFer One
    TwoFer One 2 months ago

    dress looks good on her.

  • Jacob Austin-Sides
    Jacob Austin-Sides 2 months ago

    was that suicide thing at the beginning a joke? I'm not one of those new wave triggered ppl but that was just not funny and came off bad

  • Sug Madic
    Sug Madic 2 months ago

    She talks and drags things out way too much. Seventeen minutes of femsplaining. They love rambling. because they don't want to give up the attention.

  • Nino Bukia
    Nino Bukia 2 months ago

    Wait so what about all those unicorns that end up being not so happy because of so much introspection? That got me a little worried :D

  • Heli Castilho
    Heli Castilho 2 months ago

    Yesterday I was intelligent to change the world 🌎 today I am wiser, improving myself.

  • Perla Nemoto
    Perla Nemoto 2 months ago

    Every asked why has better answer to decide with a final better decision.

  • 李松泽
    李松泽 2 months ago

    The main idea is not about asking why and what questions, it is about the ability to see the positive side of yourself

  • Michael Ebaugh
    Michael Ebaugh 2 months ago

    Nicely done! The kernel take away for me is for us over-analytic people who perpetually believe we can think our way out of every problem, or try to make irrational, even crazy things add up, suspend the why, and shift to What . . .which can be more future focused, than obsessed with answers which may not exist.

  • Fluffy Crepe
    Fluffy Crepe 2 months ago

    Simon cynic would have something to say about that what question opposed to the why question Talk text is cancer

  • Rahul Chautala
    Rahul Chautala 2 months ago

    One of the easiest to understand talks.. focus on WHAT you can do instead of WHY it happened

  • Pham Trang
    Pham Trang 2 months ago +1

    What a beautiful her outfit

  • Reynolds Bickerstaff
    Reynolds Bickerstaff 2 months ago +1

    I really enjoyed reading your HBR Articles. Thank you for researching this topic and helping me better understand Self-Awareness.