Two of the key elements in personal growth writings and programs are self-knowledge and self-acceptance. Personal development seems to depend on knowing who we really are. But what does that mean, and what “practical” value is there?
People visited the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece seeking answers about the future, from matters of public policy to personal affairs. One of the most famous pronouncements of the oracle priestess, which Socrates said he learned there, still endures: “Know thyself.”
The photo is the priestess depicted in the movie “300.”
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Robert Anthony, PhD, a Personal Performance Trainer and author, writes “Some personal development coaches subscribe to the belief that if you focus on self too much, you become selfish.
“I think that’s a counter productive way of looking at self,” he continues.
“Being authentic doesn’t mean you’re holding yourself above others. It begins from being at the center of your life, but it isn’t the same thing as being ‘self-centered.
“Living at the center of our lives is a dynamic natural power, that’s available for all of us. Authenticity makes your life count. To be yourself is a natural, human, and universal power.”
From his article Being authentic gives you power and makes your life count.