How To Develop Self-Knowledge
In Ancient Greece, the philosopher Socrates famously declared that the unexamined life was not worth living. Asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to, he replied: ‘Know yourself.’
Self-knowledge is important for one central reason: because it offers us a route to greater happiness and fulfilment. It is only with an accurate sense of who we are that we can make reliable decisions - particularly around love and work.
Unfortunately, this type of self-awareness is devilishly hard to acquire. Our minds are hugely skilled at hiding truths from our conscious grasp, and squeamish about ideas that challenge our existing views of ourselves. It can therefore take dedicated time, and external guidance, to overcome these obstacles and begin to understand our true selves.
How to Develop Self-Knowledge teaches us:
- Techniques to understand our own minds
- How to clarify vague and almost-out-of-reach emotions and thoughts
- How to combat the tendency to avoid important insights into who we really are
- How to understand the emotional dynamics of childhood
- How we appear to others
- What we are not easily able to see about ourselves
This class 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 our distinctive personalities, what we need to watch out for, and what our priorities and potential might be.
'Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.'
– E.E. Cummings
Michael Bartura is a mindfulness-based life and leadership coach and a group facilitator working with individuals and organisations seeking transformation and conscious business development. He was a senior manager in the private and not-for-profit sectors for over 15 years before switching to teaching, training and coaching. In recent years, he establish a pilot training program focused on designing an integrated Mind-Body approach to leadership education at the East West Learning Centre in Singapore, and now runs an online coaching social venture called TeamUp as well as directing strategy and development for the SLOW school of Business in Melbourne.