How to Know Yourself Better

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Most of us believe that we know ourselves better than anyone in this world. But a lot of people are still strangers to themselves. Why? Not everyone is courageous enough to travel the path within to achieve a better self-understanding. For a person to have a well-lived life, it is important that he know himself good. If you are one of those who are striving to know yourself better, these steps will guide you:

Things You'll Need

  • Self-awareness
  • Time

Take a moment to write down things that you know "very good" about yourself - your interests, likes, dislikes, preferences, hobbies, strengths, weaknesses, hopes, fears, dreams, etc. Reflect on these qualities and find out how they impact your overall life. By creating a list of your personal attributes that you are familiar with, you are keeping yourself in touch with your self.

Take personality and psychological tests. This is another way to know yourself better. The internet has a rich source of free online personality and psychological assessments and tests. By answering them, you will understand more how you think, make decisions, interact with people, do things, choose mate, live your life, etc.

Know yourself better by understanding people's perceptions about you. Pay attention to what your family, friends, coworkers, etc. observe and say about you. Sometimes, you think you know yourself enough, but other people who see you from their point of view can offer you some insights how you act and get understood by others. Be careful, however, to balance both perceptions to come up with an objective view of yourself.

Keep on learning who you are. It's a lifetime process. Everyday you will be given new insights about yourself. Writing a journal will help you keep track of these new discoveries. Maintaining that hunger to know yourself better will make you more self-aware, opening up new opportunities to enrich your life.

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