How to Develop Self-Knowledge

How to Develop Self-Knowledge

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.

Unfortunately, self-awareness is devilishly hard to acquire. Our minds are hugely skilled at hiding the truth about ourselves from our conscious grasp. We start off as children fathoming very little of who we might be, and then must spend a share of our adult lives attempting to understand the often garbled legacy of childhood. 

How to Develop Self-Knowledge teaches us:

  • • Techniques to explore our own minds.

  • • How to clarify vague and almost-out-of-reach emotions and thoughts.

  • • How to understand the emotional dynamics of childhood.

  • • How we appear to others.

  • • What we are perhaps not easily able to see about ourselves.

    We realise the extent to which our minds are squeamish about ideas that challenge our existing comfortable view of ourselves - and acquire tools that combat the tendency to avoid important insights into who we really are.

    How to Develop Self-Knowledge takes us on one of the most exciting journeys: into our deepest, most elusive selves. We come away armed with a newly clarified sense of the distinctive nature of our personalities, what we need to watch out for and what our priorities and potential might be.

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    This class is in a sequence with How to Be Sociable and How to Be Serene which together cover The School of Life's ideas on self and others. 

    ABOUT CLASSES

    Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

    These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity. 

    To get an idea of what to expect from classes, workshops and events in our classroom, watch this short film. 

Details for Thu 29th Jun 2017

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18.40            Welcome buffet & drinks
19.00            Class commences
20.15            Break (times vary)
21.30            Class finishes

Details for Sat 15th Jul 2017

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14.10            Welcome & drinks
14.30            Class commences
15.45            Break (times vary)
17.00            Class finishes

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London 
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