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    Do people tend to know themselves best? It seems kind of conceited to think that you know someone better than they know themselves but on the other hand, a lot of people seem to have an inaccurate view of who they are. What do you think?
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    I feel it's too-open ended a phrase to answer with any certainty.

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    I know myself better than anyone else does, but I can't speak for everyone. I guess that kind of gives credence to the phrase, though, doesn't it?
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    I vaguely remember someone telling me once that 'you are the person you can lie to most easily' or something like that. Wherever I heard it, there's definitely an element of truth to it, though perhaps it's not true for everyone.
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    I think that's related to intrapersonal intelligence. Some people suck at it so bad that it's easy to know more about themselves than they do.
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    I wouldn't say so much that it's about 'knowing' your own true self, so much that it is 'being' you own true self. If we rationalize everything we do, then we lose a sense of flow and spontaneity. We are meant to be. Experience is where it's at. By following our own inspirations we hold inside, we can come to know the real center of ourselves along the journey, as the journey brings out who we really are, and even shapes what we have promise for to become. If a man hasn't made sufficient effort to find his way, then his own individual discovery and development will be concealed and stagnated. We just have to keep moving to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelchairdoug View Post
    I vaguely remember someone telling me once that 'you are the person you can lie to most easily' or something like that. Wherever I heard it, there's definitely an element of truth to it, though perhaps it's not true for everyone.
    How would that work? It's interesting to think about, I agree.
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    Yes, I know myself best. I think it's arrogant and even downright offensive for someone else to decide that for me. And seriously, I don't even think it's possible for others to know you better, and I will be the first to admit that I don't know others more than they know themselves. (Sorry if I'm confusing, I'm typing on my phone again.)

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    Know yourself better? Know more of your aspects? You have a track record for the most accurate assessments of yourself? Your ratio of accuracy vs. someone else's over a number of different instances is higher? Your first-hand familiarity with your perspective in the present moment is only accessible to you? You know your skill-set and how often it succeeded in accomplishing your goals because you were there the entire time?

    Maybe posing more specific questions will yield more certain answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Know yourself better? Know more of your aspects? You have a track record for the most accurate assessments of yourself? Your ratio of accuracy vs. someone else's over a number of different instances is higher? Your first-hand familiarity with your perspective in the present moment is only accessible to you? You know your skill-set and how often it succeeded in accomplishing your goals because you were there the entire time?

    Maybe posing more specific questions will yield more certain answers.
    Interesting. I'm asking whether people actually know themselves best. Is it possible for someone else to know them better?
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