Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Impaired Self-Awareness

  • Benjamin Grover-MantheyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_248




Impaired self-awareness (ISA) is the inability of an individual to correctly identify his or her current functional status. Specifically, individuals with ISA may incorrectly identify deficits in their cognition, emotions, behavior, and interpersonal relationships. There may also be deficits in awareness of physical limitations, but the severity is usually less compared with other deficits.

Current Knowledge

Self-awareness is the ability to process, assimilate, and ultimately acknowledge complex information about oneself in order to create an accurate concept of individuality. This requires higher-order cerebral processing of information about spatial orientation, sensation, emotions, abilities, physical and cognitive limitations, and everything which makes someone a unique individual. Impaired self-awareness has been reported to occur as a result of various central nervous system injuries, such as cerebrovascular events, psychological disorders,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationIndiana UniversityIndianapolisUSA