If you want to be happier … learn to know thyself

If you want to be happier … learn to know thyself

via the Ladders by Meghan Ingraham

Growth in life and career starts with self-knowledge.

Socrates was once asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to, he replied: ‘Know yourself.’

The phrase, “Know thyself,” is centuries old, but it’s still relevant today. Research from psychologist Daniel Goleman shows that self-awareness is crucial for all levels of success.

How well do you think you know yourself?

Most people’s knowledge about themselves is distorted.

“Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, who specializes in human self-perception and decision making, calls the mistaken belief in privileged access the “introspection illusion.” The way we view ourselves is distorted, but we do not realize it. As a result, our self-image has surprisingly little to do with our actions,” writes Steve Ayan.

Self-knowledge is about understanding your real (and true) needs, desires, goals, weaknesses, and everything else that makes you tick. It requires a deep understanding of your past and current self.

Your personal theories (self-narratives) about who you are, influence how you behave. An accurate sense of who you are makes self-improvement possible.

Self-knowledge (self-awareness) is insanely hard to acquire, though…

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