Self-awareness serves us well almost any time in life, but it's an especially valuable asset for effectively navigating challenges and tough circumstances.
Two fish are swimming together in the ocean. The first fish turns to the other and, to make small talk, asks, “How’s the water?” The second fish replies, “What the hell is water?”
I worked for four years in adolescent mental health, taking part in the journeys of hundreds of teens. Addiction and substance abuse was a very common struggle for my students, and as I accumulated experience with this population, specific patterns emerged.