Knowing oneself

Knowing oneself would suggest being able to see yourself as others see you—in effect, to understand why others don’t understand you. This is difficult because you have to avoid being biased by your own internal narrative. It’s like ignoring any other elephant in the room. You have to pin down all these hidden variables, feelings, and assertions which you dwell upon and which are important to your self-image, and push them out of your mind temporarily to look at yourself as you would any stranger. 

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