I'm reading a book and writing an essay where I need to describe the main character's personality traits, but I can't quite find the word for "unaware of one's actions."

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    You mean like sleepwalking? Or just absent-minded? – GEdgar Jul 3 '13 at 18:45
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    Oblivious? Self-unaware? – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 3 '13 at 18:47
  • human? psychopathic? – Mitch Jul 3 '13 at 19:11
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    maybe unconscious? – Name Jul 3 '13 at 22:10
  • I agree with cornbread ninja that oblivious (or obliviousness) is a good choice if your intention is to indicate a person's unawareness of the effect that his or her actions have on others, potential dangers that those actions may expose him or her to, or indeed any consequences related those actions. If the point is to describe a state of complete unconsciousness of the actions themselves, somnambulist or zombie-like might work. – Sven Yargs Jul 3 '13 at 22:26

incognizant is probably what your looking for.


The casual tone may not be appropriate for your essay, but clueless has become popular for this.



adjective 1. unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually followed by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration. 2. forgetful; without remembrance or memory: oblivious of my former failure. 3. Archaic. inducing forgetfulness.

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