Success Story

Our success story in Chapter 9 is the Comedian and Author Sara Pascoe. You can find out more about Sara at:


Sara’s Books:



People or stories included

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu –

Mindfulness apps:

The biodot that helps with biofeedback:

Studies discussed

The ages at which we develop self-awareness: Brooks-Gunn, J., & Lewis, M. (1984). The development of early visual self-recognition. Developmental Review4(3), 215-239.

The study on 75 student nurses suggesting the higher their self-awareness, the better their end of life care: Kirkpatrick, A. J., Cantrell, M. A., & Smeltzer, S. C. (2019). Relationships among nursing student palliative care knowledge, experience, self-awareness, and performance: An end-of-life simulation study. Nurse education today73, 23-30.

The Royal Navy study showing when they introduced a course on self-awareness for junior officers they learned more effectively and performed better: Young, M., & Dulewicz, V. (2007). Relationships between emotional and congruent self‐awareness and performance in the British Royal Navy. Journal of Managerial Psychology.

The studies on the importance of communication to improve engagement and managerial effectiveness: Wegner, D. M., & Giuliano, T. (1982). The forms of social awareness. In Personality, roles, and social behavior (pp. 165-198). Springer, New York, NY.

The study of 2500+ people in 515 teams that found that the higher individual self-awareness, the more effectively the team functioned as a unit: Dierdorff, E. C., Fisher, D. M., & Rubin, R. S. (2019). The power of percipience: Consequences of self-awareness in teams on team-level functioning and performance. Journal of Management45(7), 2891-2919.

The research on Blind Spots and their negative impact on performance: Korn Ferry press release

The 2017 report suggesting that 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be invented: Dell report.

The analysis of 22 studies that found many people have low or moderate insight into their own performance: Zell, E., & Krizan, Z. (2014). Do people have insight into their abilities? A metasynthesis. Perspectives on Psychological Science9(2), 111-125.

The study on the US’s BMX team participating in mindfulness training: Haase, L., May, A. C., Falahpour, M., Isakovic, S., Simmons, A. N., Hickman, S. D., … & Paulus, M. P. (2015). A pilot study investigating changes in neural processing after mindfulness training in elite athletes. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience9, 229.

The Think Aloud study where cyclists who were asked to describe what they were thinking found they were more focused on their performance and performed better: Whitehead, A. E., Jones, H. S., Williams, E. L., Rowley, C., Quayle, L., Marchant, D., & Polman, R. C. (2018). Investigating the relationship between cognitions, pacing strategies and performance in 16.1 km cycling time trials using a think aloud protocol. Psychology of Sport and Exercise34, 95-109.

The Canadian study following athletes using biofeedback in their preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games: Dupee, M., Forneris, T., & Werthner, P. (2016). Perceived outcomes of a biofeedback and neurofeedback training intervention for optimal performance: Learning to enhance self-awareness and self-regulation with olympic athletes. The Sport Psychologist30(4), 339-349.