Actually I happen to use a 'critically self-conscious' method of being. Being twenty I started to realize how much anxiety controlled my being and started using a meditative approach instead of relying on medication. I use my awareness as a tool to analyze my approach towards life. Anxiety being mainly just over thinking little things, I realized by taking control over 'over thinking' I have a general relief to my overall state of being, which in turn puts more thought into how I would generally conceive actions and how it connects to my beliefs, thoughts, and/or ideals.

I believe we can learn to be critically self-conscious, the general attitude we follow as a child affects us no matter what, but that doesn't have to be the end of the matter. Its about embracing an attitude, not giving up on it just because scientifically you fit in a category.