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Self-Knowledge

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In Ancient Greece, when the philosopher Socrates was asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to, he replied: 'Know yourself'. Self-knowledge matters so much because it is only on the basis of an accurate sense of who we are that we can make reliable decisions – particularly around love and work. This book takes us on a journey into our deepest, ...more
Hardcover, 93 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by The School of Life (first published November 2018)
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Elaine
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick & insightful read. For those familiar with TSOL, there is much in here you will probably have read elsewhere but as an introductory book I’d highly recommend it! Even for those who claim to have strong self awareness (puts her hand up), the transitions of life can still get us down. This was a timely & helpful reminder that who we are & what we feel is within our control, totally normal and - more than that - totally okay to experience. Dotted with helpful exercises to explor ...more
Arturo Hernández
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brief essay in the form of a book. It's been a while since I last read about EQ and this worked like an ice bucket for me to remember some things about myself.
Nicole
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Fantastic introduction with helpful exercises for how to start knowing yourself–and your faulty mind–better. Like all books of this nature, it is likely not for everyone, but fans of School of Life's Youtube channel (of which I am one) will surely appreciate this little volume. It's one I will likely go back to every now and again to remember to ask myself certain probing questions that might help me to clarify my thoughts and actions. It's a great book for the start of the year in particular fo ...more
Karolína
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Self-Knowledge, jak už název napovídá, v pár krátkých kapitolách radí, jak skrz sám sebe a své myšlenky poznat své podvědomí, vnitřní hlas, a nám neviditelné normy a pravidla, které je často skryté za našimi řečmi, touhami a frustrací. Na konci každé kapitoly je i "dotazník", díky němuž se člověk může dobrat odpovědí na otázky, které pak slouží k hlubšímu poznání.
Ke knížce se určitě budu vracet, protože to, o čem píše je proces, ne jednorázová záležitost.
Octavian
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked these essays because they touch the most important topic for this period of my life - self knowledge.
I especially enjoyed the chapter - honesty and denial. We lie to ourselves about a lots of various reasons and it is for each one of us to look deeply into our souls and minds, and to answer, at least briefly, who we really are.
Merve
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice read. Whether you already know what they are discussing or not, it can be an enjoyable book to (re)visit the concepts highlighted in it.

I also liked the easy to follow style, which diverges from usual didactic or scientific styles that can accompany these kind of topics.
Tom
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This will take no more than an hour to read, but its impact may be long-lasting.
Jon Jonsson
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A brief book I would recommend to everyone interested in getting a little more known to themselves. The book also contains some helpful exercises along the way.
Barbara
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A slim book with lots of ideas on how to understand yourself better and manage emotions that may be self-limiting.
Edir Garcia
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting read, must come back to this and try the exercises, some seem useful.
Hannah
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
will revisit in down times probably. be more forgiving of self. create a space between emotion and action. look at how the way people in the past treated you appears in how you treat yourself.
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