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How would your friends and family describe you?

A young woman looks at her reflection in the mirror with sadness.

History lesson

What did Socrates mean by "know thyself"?

The Socratic Lens For Socrates, the pinnacle of wisdom was recognizing the boundaries of one's knowledge. To truly know oneself, one must discern the limits of their understanding, distinguishing genuine knowledge from ignorance. Moreover, Socrates believed in the immortality of the soul, suggesting that self-awareness also encompassed understanding one's eternal nature. Plato's Shadows and Reality Plato, through his Allegory of the Cave, painted a vivid picture of humans mistaking mere shadows for reality. To him, self-awareness meant realizing the potential of the mind to grasp the essence of philosophical concepts, transcending the transient illusions of the physical realm. The Empirical Self Empiricist philosophers, such as David Hume, posited that our identities are a culmination of experiences, perceptions, and memories. To truly know oneself, one must comprehend how past experiences have sculpted their identity, recognizing the profound influence of external events. The Nietzschean Call to Authenticity Friedrich Nietzsche believed that societal norms often suppressed the vibrant individuality within humans. To him, "know thyself" was a clarion call to embrace one's unique perspective, challenging societal norms and crafting a narrative that was intrinsically authentic. Existential Freedom Existentialist philosophers emphasized the power of free will. They believed that true self-awareness arose from recognizing one's freedom to define their life's trajectory, unshackled by past constraints or future uncertainties. Postmodern Reflections In the postmodern era, the concept of self-awareness evolved further. It was no longer about a singular, unchanging self but understanding how external factors like culture, language, and societal norms shaped one's identity. The Key to a Meaningful Life Thomas Oppong emphasizes that self-knowledge is transformative. By understanding our emotions, desires, and ambitions, we unlock the door to a life of purpose and meaning.


Quiz WriterJoselyn

Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.

Did you know?

What is the most famous personality quiz?

Globally, many psychologists and counselors still revert to using the Myers-Briggs personality indicator to determine your personality type. The intense questionnaire was designed in 1943 and sought to define your character while determining strengths and weaknesses. Knowing your type can help you determine the coping mechanisms that may work for you and find the right career path. It's all about understanding and using your innate personality gifts to your advantage.

Myers-Briggs is a self-questionnaire is based on Jung's theory of psychological types, which claims that we are either driven by sensation, intuition, feeling, or thinking. Because we are complex beings, the results of a Myers-Briggs questionnaire delivers a combination of results determined by a number of factors. It's surprisingly accurate, which is why it is still used today.

People are a combo of traits that appear along a sliding scale of extroversion/introversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving. Myers-Briggs understands that not all introverts are alike, so it's a sliding scale. INFPs are similar, but some have a higher "introversion" result on the scale, making them more reserved than their INFP neighbor.

How to Play?

Our personality quizzes are set up a little differently than your basic trivia quiz, but you’ve probably seen their kind around. Rather than having to choose the right answer from a list of multiple choice options, in this case, there is no “right answer”! (Two plus two will always be four, but every Golden Girls character is equally awesome.)

So, stop stressing. Just click on the answer that suits you best, and enjoy the ride. These quizzes are just for fun but who knows – you might just learn something about yourself along the way!

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