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The Need for Self-Knowledge

 

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Need

To understand oneself. To explain how we behave through knowledge of inner thoughts and processes.

Example

 I find it difficult to talk with members of the opposite sex. Through self-reflection and a little therapeutic help, I understand how my fears of rejection stem from early social difficulties. This helps me reframe internal thought processes and so improve my dating success.

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Discussion

In our need for control, one of the frustrations that may face us is our own lack of skill and self-control. Any form of knowledge helps our sense of control. Self-knowledge adds to this in giving us a route to increasing our ability in self-control and acting in ways that help us achieve our goals.

Self-knowledge can also help with our sense of identity as we work on that most muzzling question: 'Who am I?'

The need for self-knowledge is a higher need that is often considered more seriously after more basic needs are satisfied, although the question may be lingering long before.

The quest for self knowledge can be very arousing as it can challenge one's whole life and the meaning created there.

So what?

Understand your own need and how you are going about knowing yourself. Make it a quest, for it is often a journey in which you require courage as you face your monsters and find your way.

You can help others gain self-knowledge by being honest, although of course you need to pick your moments when they are best able to accept what may be a difficult truth.

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