How to Develop Self-Knowledge - Virtual Class

What is ‘How to Develop Self-Knowledge’?

How to Develop Self-Knowledge is a 2.5 hour class by The School of Life which takes place regularly in our virtual classroom over Zoom. It is one of 12 classes around our 4 core themes: Love, Work, Self and Culture. Further information on how to connect to the class will be made available once you have purchased a ticket.



Why should I attend?

When asked to sum up all philosophical commandments, the Ancient Greek Philosopher Socrates replied: “Know yourself”. Self-knowledge matters so much because it helps us to get an accurate sense of what we need to be satisfied, which means we can make wiser choices, especially around love and work.

Unfortunately, self-awareness isn’t always easy. We can be sidelined by fear, by a reluctance to look within and by a culture which keeps us distracted and unaware. This class guides us to take key steps in the journey towards self-knowledge. Through exercises and conversation, we reach central insights in a remarkably short space of time. We come away excited by the task of understanding the one person we may for too long have been a stranger to: ourselves.  

What will I learn?

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 may appear to others

  • How to combat self-deception

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

The format of this class is highly interactive and involves a combination of teaching, group discussion and individual reflection. The facilitators of the class aim to create a confidential space where all participants are welcome to contribute freely and comfortably. If you have any questions about the format of the class please get in touch at

Morning/Afternoon/ Evening Classes -  All timings are in GMT

This event is being streamed globally, please use a time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

Dates and times are available to book below. New dates for this class are added throughout the year.

For more information, please see our London FAQs or contact

Classroom Testimonials

‘Awesome; will be back; loads of light bulb moments’

‘It was fantastic! Hugely helpful and inspiring. Thank you!:)’

‘I really enjoyed it! The instructor kept the tone upbeat and the pace brisk’

‘Very interesting, stimulating discussion’

Buy tickets for
How to Develop Self-Knowledge - Virtual Class

£40 Friends | £55 Standard (plus fees)

When and where:
  • Tue 30 Nov 2021 6.15pm GMT
    Zoom (Virtual)
  • Tue 4 Jan 2022 6.30pm GMT
    Zoom (Virtual)
  • Fri 21 Jan 2022 9.30am GMT
    Zoom (Virtual)
  • Sat 5 Feb 2022 2.30pm GMT
    Zoom (Virtual)
  • Wed 16 Feb 2022 6.30pm GMT
    Zoom (Virtual)