Self Discovery: How well do you know yourself?

United States
August 14, 2012 11:26pm CST
Some people live on the surface where they really don't know their selves, very well. They might know some intimate details about their favorite celebrity or they might know who won the Superbowl 5 years ago. I believe if I know myself, very well, I can create a happy lifestyle for myself. It's taken me 52 years to feel like I know certain things about who I am and what I have to offer. I can honestly say that: I am a writer. I am an introvert where I recharge my battery when I'm alone. I am a person who has blood type B positive. I am considerate and affectionate. I am a dog lover. What do you know about yourself? What can you honestly tell us about yourself?
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15 responses
• China
16 Aug 12
First, i think it's really a good question. I must admit i don't know myself well.The following is something i believe i can make sure. I can honestly teel you: I'm introvert who likes to stay alone most of the time. I'm shy and inclide to express my emotions in written words. I'm also sensitive and easy to be hurt,but easy to forget unhappy moments. I like singing songs and i think it's a good way to relax myself. I dream about many things but i dare to do it with my friends' encouragement. I'm quite, while sometimes crazy as well. In a word, i feel i have two myself living in a body.
@billzehua (573)
• China
16 Aug 12
it's a good topic,but also a very complicated question if we want to go down further. life is a long quest journey of who we are, a status that does not stay forver the same. The surroundings could change us way different than who we were, and who we are going to be. but to be simple, I just want to be live a true self, which is, ambitious, progressive, hilarious, caring, but sometimes a bit of playboy-like. rational but also emtional as well. in one word, confrontational.
• United States
16 Aug 12
Such a deep question! I love it, because it made me stop and think about how well I really do know myself. Like you, I'm my early 50's (50-almost-51), and feel like I'm just now beginning to know myself! I am retired from a great career, I'm a frustrated by hopeful writer, I am still painfully shy in a large group, I love my friends and husband but love my alone time, I love my 4 dogs, and I am still trying to forgive the man who abused me when I was 5. I know that I have worked very hard to not let the abuse define who I am, but rather to use it to be a better person. I know that I refuse to continue the cycle of verbal abuse I suffered from siblings through most of my younger life, and I know that I can not control the actions and words of others, but that I can only control my own reactions. I know that my life and what happens in it is mostly in my hands, and that anything positive or negative that happens should be a learning experience in some way, shape or form. I chose to be happy, I chose to try to learn from all of life's experiences, and I know that I will always be learning more about myself in my journeys through life.
@jambi462 (4586)
• United States
16 Aug 12
I feel like I really know myself pretty well but there's always new things that we can learn and the more we learn about the world the more we will learn about ourselves. You have to go out and experience and try what you want to do to be able to really find out your opinion about what you hope to do. So far I know a lot about what I like and I know a lot about what I hope to do with my life. I just don't know exactly how I'm going to come up with the means to fund my aspirations. Pretty much I'm just putting that aside and just continuing to learn what I want to do with myself and the life that I was granted. I can honestly say that I enjoy metal music, trip hop and other unique music. I can say that I really enjoy writing lyrics, playing bass and guitar, and learning new things in music. I love playing basketball and learning about natural medicine and healing. I love gardening and I love animals. I really love my girlfriend Michelle and I hope to continue to support her and spoil her. I know that I want to go into the field of natural healing and agriculture. I know that I would also love to be able to open a non-profit organization based off of what I would want to do with my life.
@shylade (3132)
• Philippines
16 Aug 12
Well, I am very determined person. I never stop until I get what I want but that's when I am thinking of myself only. I actually become a better me when I have my own family. I never knew I can do what I am doing right now. So I think I really don't know myself that much until I am tested. That's never been a problem because I am always open to positive changes and I take and live my life as it is. Based on what God's plan is for me.
@Paper_Doll (2373)
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
I know someone who knows me better than myself. He made me realized so many things about myself and at present, he still does the same. One in a while, he would make me realize that I am not doing what would really makes me happy. He knows when I am not telling the truth so I can't hide something from him. He can read me. At first, I really do not want to listen to what he says. I do not even want to ask him about my problems because he would always criticize me (I just felt the he was). I often felt ask myself if am I really that kind of person? But later on, everytime I am confused with something, I always try to ask him and everytime, I would pause for a while and say to myself that he is right or that is exactly what I want to do. He told me before that I am self centered, that I am thinking that world only revolves around me. I do not want to believe him at first but later realized that in some point, he was right. He told that I am hard to deal with and that I am perfectionist and I have to admit that I am. Having that kind of person in my life who makes me discover the real me is somewhat amazing. Not to mention the fact that we have only been together for 4 months before and have seen each other once in 7 years since then but he would definitely know when I am sad just by the content of my messages.
@liguoping (179)
15 Aug 12
I think it is more difficult to recognize yourself than others,i often reflection myself,but i have to admit that i know myself very little,so far i recognize myself below: i love writing and reading,don't like sporting. i love listening many kinds of music,but can't sing. when i decide to do something,i often do it with great enthusiasm at the begining,but can't insist on for a long time.(i think it is my greatest weakness). i love helping other people,but don't wish others help me.(i have a bit proud).
@sender621 (14921)
• United States
15 Aug 12
I think that we all like to think that we know orselves on every level. It is usually when the unexpecterd happens that we find out something new and different that we did not know about ourselves. the journey of our self discovery can be a very interesting one.
15 Aug 12
I have often asked myself this question recently. I found out that I had not known myself very well. It is most important to know oneself before they try to get to know others. If we really know what our goals are in life, what we want to do most in life, what we need to achieve and why do we need to achieve that and etc then we could have known ourselves far better. I am trying to know myself better.
15 Aug 12
At first glance, the question "How well do you know yourself" seems to be very simple and easy. And why not, you have lived a 20 years old or 80 years old of your life. By that time, you are confident you know yourself fully well. Well to this, I beg to disagree. To truly know yourself honestly and truthfully, it must be by what others says about you and not what you says about yourself.Why not take a little survey to really find out who we really are. Ask the following; your parents, one or two of your neighbors, one or two of your best friends, one or two of your office mates, and your spiritual counselor. Collate their answers. You will be surprise to know how you understated the knowledge about yourself. CHEERS.
@windelyn (14)
15 Aug 12
Well I so love to eat chocolates,I am already 23 but my father still buys me one, cause he knows i'll be expecting it from him when he arrives home from work. I am very dependent with my family and friends, they are the ones who gives me strength in everything. I am really a dramatic person when one of my family members leaves home to work outside the city, I don't want the fact of being away from one of them. But most of all the best thing I could say about myself, is that I love being a very Cheerful person, i always have that happy face in me. no matter how hard the problems I have been facing right now, i always have that drive to cheer myself up and stay positive,maybe because I grew up in a wonderful family :)
@maezee (42252)
• United States
15 Aug 12
It sounds like you know yourself very well! I am so jealous. In ways I feel like I forget who I am, beyond work and school and bills and every little day to day thing in between. It's disappointing. I am always nervous that without feeling like I have a strong sense of self I will lose myself and become this personality-less robot! It's honestly a thought! I have been trying to do a little soul searching... Trying to find new hobbies and something that catches my interest, that I can look forward to each day. But it's hard...What's there to do? I know my personality type though. Slightly introverted when I meet new people, but then I open up definitely. I can doubt myself at times and that's what gets me into some trouble. I like photography, traveling, snowmobiling, and... ahem, partying. lol. I wouldn't say I have a best friend, but I have several very good friends. But I need "me" time - just to relax on my own. I am not the type of person to go, go, go! I guess none of that is really very skin deep. But just a few things. I am still in the process of "self discovery" I guess. I have a long way to go!
@jureathome (5361)
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
I could confidently say I know myself well enough. I know my strenghts and limitations. I know what I want and get it my way. I know that I will never be a succesful business owner, because I am too shy and aloof to mingle with other people. But, I know I could be a very good employee and could be relied upon by my boss.
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
i am inconsistent most of the time since im not so sure what im capable of but one thing is for sure, when im dedicated to something, i really do my best so that i can keep it. i don't easily give up. im a fighter!
@simonelee (2716)
• China
15 Aug 12
Not quite sure but I am aware i don't like having a boss or someone dictate me. I prefer to be alone most of the time, i am moody and i love arts.I love to paint, not only in canvas but in any surface. I love colors but i don't wear colorful clothes. I'm undecided and confuse which road to choose. Still discovering my self.