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Let's say someone has a tendency to react right away to moments of stress but then after it has been noticed or pointed out, he/she forms meditation habit and after some time, doesn't have such tendency instead having awareness like 'Hey this person/event/noun is leading me to be distracted/stressed out. I shouldn't react right away.'

We say this person became less impulsive or more...

Conscious? Cautious? I'm not sure the antonyms here work.

...I'm thinking self-aware, but it seems to be applicable more for planned times of meditation, self-review, etc than for unplanned stressors.

Then it would seem that during meditation, one is not training to be self-aware but rather being self-aware but then training to be...?

  • We would say this person gained composure. – lux Aug 18 '17 at 5:23
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I would say that this person's reactions have become more controlled.

From macmillandictionary.com:

controlled
adjective

1 calm and showing no emotion even though you are angry or upset
She gave a cool, controlled smile, then left.

  • (Edited question but your answer is still applicable I think) Ah so the person was self-aware during meditation and then eventually improved in self-control in moments of stress? – BCLC Aug 18 '17 at 5:24
  • Also, 'Had more self-control' – marcellothearcane Sep 17 '17 at 7:19
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They become able to self-distance.

The ability to critically reflect on oneself and one's relations from an external perspective.
Ironic humor is an instance of the more general phenomenon of self-distance (Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science, By Brian Faypage, Page 33) - https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/self-distance

  • (Edited question but your answer is still applicable I think) 1. Are you sure that applies to spontaneous/impromptu/unplanned events? That sounds like self-awareness where that's more for planned stuff like when I meditate, I have ability of self-distance but am training to ...? Be more cautious? conscious? Or meditation is training for self-distance? 2. What do you think of Davo's 'controlled' ? – BCLC Aug 18 '17 at 5:14
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From https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/deliberate

deliberate

adjective

1 Done consciously and intentionally. ‘a deliberate attempt to provoke conflict’

2 Careful and unhurried. ‘a conscientious and deliberate worker’

2.1 Fully considered; not impulsive. ‘a deliberate decision’

you could also just use considered

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