being conscious of one's own existence
When a character possesses Self-awareness he fully appreciates all his feelings, thoughts, abilities, and knowledge. Everything he experiences or observes is couched in terms of his own point of view. As the downside, he may not be able to understand that some things that happen don't pertain to him at all and in fact happen best without him.
syn. self-conscious, conscious of one's existence, self-perceiving, self-appreciating, self-cognizant