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Philosophical Perspective of the Self

Arvella is psychology professor in a State University in the Philippines. She teaches the new GEC subject, Understanding the SELF

My Philosophy Towards Understanding Myself

Understanding ourselves is not an easy task. We need to go through a subjective analysis of ourselves. The experiences we go through, the lessons we have learned both in our work and personal lives, shape who we are today at present. For someone to have the ability to understand others and to be an effective agent-of-change, it is important that he or she must first have some level of self-awareness. Most of us walk around with a skewed perception of reality. We assume we have a good idea of what people think about us. We assume that our own motives are always good and we can justify our behavior. The practice of getting to know one’s self is a challenging and ongoing action. It requires communication that is open and honest with others. It requires time and effort. Perhaps most importantly, it requires humility because what our ego wants us to believe about who we are and who we actually are may be completely different.

Getting to know myself was a continuous process. It is a process in the sense that I went through many milestones in my life. From the beginning when I was now conscious about myself physically, emotionally and psychologically until now. I was then a studious student, a consistent scholar, known to be intelligent and smart in the eyes of my professors, classmates and friends. I kept on diverting my mind from that incident until one day, my mentor asked me to tell those unforgettable moments that I have. And I did, I did told her with my classmates and friends. That was the time I felt angry, I cried, I cried out loud and burst it out those pains I kept on my unconscious self. At that moment, I smoothly accept the reality. And God forgave me. From the time I have accepted what had happened to me, the most unforgettable experience I told myself to forgive no matter how painful to me. At that moment of my life, I came to realized I have still a forgiving heart because I believed that God would be the one responsible for that person who did that to me. Revenge is not mine, it’s HIM. What had happened to me gave me the strength, the determination and the confidence to face the succeeding challenges in my life. I never lose hope. I never used that event to lessen my self-esteem. Rather, I became more esteemed, independent and confident enough to make myself comfortable and be successful.

My life is such a bundle of surprises. I never expect this kind of life that I have right now. My marriage life is not as happy as those with my friends. I could say the imperfect one. But no matter how difficult the situation, I can still manage myself to push through my career. I kept on reminding myself to persevere and strong enough to hold onto life for my kids. Six years later, I am now satisfied with my career. I have many deadlines to meet, projects and reports to submit, budgets to maintain but at the end of the day I have to recognize what is truly most important in life. For me it is my family. I am blessed to have a husband and three kids. Juggling a busy schedule is not easy for any of us but it is important to take a step back from the daily grind and enjoy the moments we share with our loved ones. In my opinion, great person will make the effort to spend quality time with their family and do what they can to support them. By getting away from the office and spending some good time with our family, we come back recharged and more effective.

With those experiences that I have, it is greatly influenced me who I am today. I AM WHAT I AM today as a relfection of those many life events in my life. My philosophical self continuously emerged and I became to be stronger person, persevering and determined. I became to be more humble, open-minded and approachable. I became to be a good teacher to my students and to my kids. I have learned to understand others, counsel them and be an inspirational to them. I have learned to show them the good things that I have. With that, I want myself to be a person unforgettable to others. Life is what we make it, how we make the most of it.

To sum it up, we also need to find time for self-reflection. The hectic lives that we live requires us to have some quiet time to decompress and recharge. Lastly, we need not lose sight of the importance of family. Caring for our loved ones is the ultimate characteristic of a person.

Thanks for reading this piece. I hope and I wish that this shared experiences and philosophies of mine would touch someone’s heart. God bless.

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What is your philosophical perspectives of yourself?

Try to imagine yourself right now. Reflecting those experiences that you have. What is then your philosophical self?

© 2018 Arvella Albay

Comments

Oredina, Arline Caye on September 12, 2019:

Understanding ourself is a life time process. At the age of 19 Ive done a lot experiences and I called it a memory if it is happy moments and lessons if it is sad. Life is hard but its a blessing. For me even if our life is rough i am always thankful because i have a loving and understanding family who always supports me throughout my journey and friends that always lend there shoulders to lean on. For that i am so greatful and trully blessed to have them even though problems are all around. I know, that I can because God is always with us. And one life lesson that ive learned is that all of those problems are opportunities to grow. So with all my problems that ive been through thank you because i am strong enough to handle those. God is trully great and I always lift it up all to him because I know that He knows what He is doing.

Justin Mary B. Bulatao on September 11, 2019:

At my young age, i've experienced a lot of challenges in my life. I grew up in a broken family and it was painful for me that I never experience having a complete family. But eventhough, I am always thinking of a positivity and never giving up. 'cause I know that I have God that'll never leave my side❣

Windelyn Lopez on September 10, 2019:

I myself have gone through depression; well it's hard, others may say Are you joking? Are you just making dramas?

No we are not, it's not easy to go through this, you cannot understand what you feel. There come a time that you will feel sad, devastated, and wasted for no valid reason. Your heart just feels empty and it's like the end of the world.

Then I finally overcome it. Well it's hard to do so, I practice self healing and self love, this is crucial for you to be back on your normal state, your normal self.

And one advice go to the church as it may help you enlighten your mind.

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Just always remember that don't hesitate to ask for help especially if you really can't do it anymore. We are here you, you're not alone we can do this, we will fight for depression.

Shiela Gaye Villena on September 10, 2019:

Every person has their own identity but not all those person know who they really are or what are the real identity of these person.

They always say that I should know my self. Well they are right because everything will start with me, with my self in order for me to achieve all my goals and dreams in life. I should also consider the things about example the things that I like and dislike. In this simple way it guide me to make a choice or a decision easy.

I always say that I really don't know who am l at all. And this article helps me to know and realised that I know my self. And this is me. I was build stronger through my experiences all the experience that I have and all the people around me specially my family, friends and the Almighty God who always there to guide me. As they say experience is the best teacher that will you who you are.

Arvella Albay (author) from Luna, La Union, Philippines on September 10, 2019:

Hoping that on this process you could be able find the real you

Arvella Albay (author) from Luna, La Union, Philippines on September 10, 2019:

Nice, Angelica...

Arvella Albay (author) from Luna, La Union, Philippines on September 10, 2019:

Truly, the best experience, we've learned from it

Paulo John Dagampat on September 10, 2019:

To define yourself you must know all of your sides. Whether you're good or evil. By discovering that side or characteristic you'll find your true self and you will able to understand yourself even more, and by that you will discover your true self.

Antonio, Rejoice D. on September 10, 2019:

Life is not always a cloud nine. It's a matter of choices, we face different hardships but it is us, how we face it. Sometimes those struggles we face, we learned, we became more careful in making decisions or taking steps. But this stuggles shape us for who we are today, we just need to accept and let go from everything that keeping us from moving forward. As we grew older, we realize how important Understanding the self is, because we will not be able to understand others if we can't understand our own self. Understanding yourself is the key to have a peaceful mind and a happy life.

Angelica Joveres on September 10, 2019:

Yes understanding yourself is hard because of changes. People around you get easily tired of understanding you, they didn’t know that you are also getting tired on understanding yourself. Sometimes I am asking myself why I am like these? I can’t find the answer I been seeking but as days goes by as i know myself better, the answer is there i just can’t accept it because it hurts my ego. Through all the experiences I’ve encountered it molds me to who I am today and it makes me stronger than I thought. At first it’s hard but as I continue my journey and stand still and told myself that I am an overcomer for I overcome all my trials. At first it’s hard yes but as I push myself beyond my limitation it makes me the person I don’t imagine. Experiences is really the best teacher for me.

Milva M. Valdez on September 10, 2019:

Understanding ones's self is not easy as we think. You need to required time and patience for you to fully understand yourself. We are different from each other, we have different flaws, different characteristics and thats make us unique. For you to fully understand and developed yourself know your capabilities, know your imperfections, know your flaws then if you already knew that accept it little by little. As we grow up we encounter already a lot of experiences even if it is good or bad it mold us to be better and it makes us from what we are now. Like other say experience is the best teacher.

Wilson Ballard Sibayan-2C on September 10, 2019:

We are defined by a sense of personality, experiences and reason. We are often inclined to believe that the face we see in the mirror is us, a thing which has developed a personality through our own experiences. Through our experiences will guide us for a better self, to know more about our own capabilities (Strenght and Weaknesses) and to mold our understanding about the importance of our lives. It is worth to live, surrounded with optimistic people(Family and friends) who always makes the best of you, who always supports you on whatever decision you may do and who always there when you feel down. Your family and friends were the bridges to know more about ourselves, it is not easy to know of who we are and what we are without their judgements and criticism. (Rush)

Jessa Mae Ancheta on September 10, 2019:

Most effective to understanding yourself is by those experiences. And by those experiences you will be learn. As a student I will get more encounting experiences even it's in a good happen or in bad happen but this is how I manage and how I will learn and to apply it to myself.

Not just in experiences it must also to learn to love yourself. By loving yourself you can find what was you really you are. Before to love someone you must learn love yourself first. What you love something to do that was defined you.

Is not easy to defined yourself but you can do by slowly knowing yourself. And how? Just let yourself explore anything, make yourself as explorer which is try to do what you want but in a good way. One more thing is not all times you must do something for some people or them which is you need also to do what is your really what not want of others. It's not wrong to listen them for your good but you must also consider what is yours. Imagine you are always followed what their decision for your good how about your decision, how about what you want? Are you okay with that? Is it okay to let them control yourself? How could you find yourself if you letting them?

I am trying to say is let yourself find yourself not the others.

Marry Jean C. Gonzales on September 10, 2019:

We all have our own experiences in life, this experiences molding us on what we are in the future. Some people need our help/comfort to overcome thier own problems in their life and when it comes to our own problems we dont have our own ways we are the one who suffer more, in able to make our self strong to this problems we need to understand our self, having a conversion with our self is good for us " there are also people around you tha can help you to understand your self more you have your family your friends. There is a lot of factors that cause you weak while you are fighting ' and thw only thing that can save you is your self you should know and understand also your self before others.

Dezza Erica S. Pasahol on September 10, 2019:

In understanding the self. You need to accept all your flaws. Like you need to understand you self no matter what. Because if you can't understand your self you can't level up your own . By accepting all your failure in life and forgive all the things you do. And you can understand your self for being a imperfect person. And to build your self-steem you need to accept and forgive yourself.

Galleta, Janine C. on September 10, 2019:

My Philosophical Self

Understanding thyself has its foundation in knowing. The desires of our heart define who we really are as a person. But there's more on us that we need to discover beneath the surface - it lies in our own abilities, experiences, competencies, and wisdom.

When I looked in the mirror, I stare at my body and said, "you're a crowd", for I'm a cluster of connected sub-personalities. I see myself as a kaleidoscope, constantly changing - shy, noisy, pushy, proud, boring, clever, creepy, witty and moody. Also, I'm a daring one that would like to achieve so much more successes in life, though there are boundaries I tend to build inside me, out of the doubt, fright, and lack of experience that we can ponder, but despite of that, the courage's still living on me.

Today, I am living as a woman, a student, a daughter, and a friend. I am now on the beggining stage of college life, experiencing hardships and adjustments. I am a consistent honor student when I was in my lower years and a consistent scholar. Also, I'm a journalist then, and became part of Supreme Student Government. I am a friendly human being, but depending on who you are. Well, being friendly, I adopt a stance of nodding, and saying "Hello!", observing and talking at, for I want to know who should really be a freind. Doing so helps me feel safe and connected with them.

Living in this surprising world, it has lots of stones and thorns that I have to deal with. The childhood memories of mine was in tortured. I'm just in one corner then, sitting and crying, seeking for peace and bright life. "Mom! Dad! Please, enough! When will it end? Are you not tired fighting and shouting at each other?", and then they stopped. I felt lost that time, but I tried to stand up where I am sitting. God lifted me, and I thanked him for that. Honestly, I'm a God fearing one. Living with him is my real philosophical self, for God encompasses us all, that everything will be better if we are with God. All of these knowledge and experiences of mine, makes me who I am today and what I become tomorrow.

In my long run, there is so much more under the sun, under the moon which I want to see, I want to share, I want to do, I want to know, and I want to achieve. Here I am, waiting to uncovered the remaining truth and reality of me.

Jessica Oreal on September 09, 2019:

Self is understood if you learn to love yourself despite of your flaws and if you learn how to forgive. It is when rejections from others do not matter to you anymore and you developed healthy self esteem. When you know that you don’t need to be perfect and you try to turn your weaknesses as your strength.

Kristel B. Ramirez on September 09, 2019:

In the passage above, I was reminded that knowing oneself is a continuous process. It is made to flow with life and end only at death. This idea sparked a question within me. How does knowing oneself remain progressive throughout a persons lifetime?

My answer is through innocence. Because we continuously grow and change, there is always new to our being which we are innocent of at first. Our innocence of the change within us are the ones that fires us up into finishing a race with a price in the being of our identity.

The race is almost unending, which makes it seem tiring. However, it is not really at the finish line that we find ourselves, it is throughout that race of breaking innocence that we collect parts of us bit by bit. And that is how we see what we are made of at one moment. That is the continuous process of finding oneself.

Palculan, Einzelle Julie L. on September 09, 2019:

In understanding oneself. We need time to reflect on our actions decisions and our habit. No one can understand you except for yourself. I am a person who have been scarred since I was a little kid. I've experienced being abuse physically, mentally and emotionally ,I tried hurting myself in the process. But when I learned how to pray. I ask the Lord for guidance from then on whenever I have problems I put them all to the Lord. I let him control me. I strongly believe that amidsts the pain and tears I can see that the Lord has a plan for me. Always trust the Lord for he will not put you into harm. Always find time to talk to him. As I continue growing up I wanted to see the beauty of life where I can express and give judgement. I want to see myself as I am I wish others could see it too.

Stephanie E. Radam on September 09, 2019:

In life "the only permanent is change" we can't predict what's going to happen next. There is always ups and downs in life.It's not always gonna be smooth flowing because just like roads there is always a rough road. Our experiences in life makes us stronger.It's not our age that defines our maturity. In that experience,our personality as a person improves too.Because while you were experiencing such problems you will understand yourself deeper. Especially in decision making, because as we make decisions we will know also what we want.Understanding oneself is very important 'cause it starts with us. If we can't understand ourselves we can't be understood by others too.Embracing our good and bad experience helps us to improve as a person. Whatever happens in the past is already in the past and we cannot change it but we can use it as our motivation to have a better future.

Wilgen Callanta on September 09, 2019:

As the adventurous spirit that I am, I can never be satisfied of the thought of "self". Life is too short to be only one thing for the rest of it so I intend to do and become as many things as I can. I will continue to grow and change, experiencing new things everyday that may or may not change my perceptions of life. Nevertheless, the new things that happen continually changes me and my perspectives and I can decide everyday from then whatever I want to be depending whatever I learned today.

Mariecon Ducusin on September 09, 2019:

All of us have different experiences in life. Experiences which may be happy, sad, painful. Bad or good, what we must do is to look straight forward to our goal and make the most out of every moment for the journey is more important than the destination. Never let any regrets from the past take away the bliss in everything. You let the skeletons in the closet scare you, you lose.

Every experience is a lesson. But that's not it. It can also be used as a weapon. A sword to rip away the negativities. A shield against criticisms. An inspiration to go on. You fall seven times, you stand up eight.

Sandaga, Abegail on September 09, 2019:

It's really hard to understand ourselves. Sometimes, we don't even care on what we would react or respond onto something. Some of us understand ourselves based on what we know we are. But it's not just like that. In order to fully understand ourselves, we should evaluate everything about us. We should dig our inner self and find out why we are someone like this or like that. Me, I can't say that I'm fully aware of myself. I have to undergo life experiences so I can find out my meaning or purpose. We build and complete ourselves by means of personal experiences. May be because experience is the best teacher, as what they say.

We have to understand ourselves in order for us to understand others. Because if we don't, conflicts will arise. Also, understanding ourselves would make us a be better version of ourselves.

Nonito jake Adalid Jr. on September 09, 2019:

Being who we are now was caused by our sorroundings. The people around us who nurtured us to become who we are right now, but theyre not the one who is responsible of it.

We have our own decisions to make and that every decision made us of who we really are right now.

We are individuals and individuals has their own individualities I mean, we have our own perspective, mindset, and emotions. Just do what you really want to do, no one can dictate of what you cant and can do. Live without any regrets, live as who you are.

Jasmine Claire Domondon on September 09, 2019:

Life is full of challenges that we may encounter but despite of it we become a stronger person. Yes, we may encounter problems and failures but in the end of the day we learn and surpass it because there's a friend not only a friend a family also that help and guide us to surpass and face that challenges. To know yourself better you must being aware of who you really are. Being able to understand yourself and able to know your personal traits and characters.

Quibin, Lucille on September 09, 2019:

Upon reading this article, another story has been unfolded. I've seen how her life has molded her to who she is now, stronger, braver, wiser and someone who has more faith. I've learned while reading this that there is nothing perfect in this world. We experience a lot, bad things, good things, we get blessings, and sometimes burdens, but all of these are all important because we will get to learn lessons from them. I have also realized that there could be people around you that will be your strength and inspiration to still fight and continue what you do. That there are still people, despite the judgement of society, that will push us to be better, not just for their satisfaction, but for ourselves as well. And the most important lesson of this all is that despite all the hindrances, doubts, fears and challenges we may face, we should never forget who we really are. We may feel anger, sadness, betrayal, happiness, disappointment and frustration, we must never forget who we are as a person, because it is something that we own, it is something that we possess that others cannot manipulate or control, it is who we are.

Galleta, Janine C. on September 09, 2019:

My Philosophical Self

Understanding thyself has its foundation in knowing. The desires of our heart define who we really are as a person. But there's more on us that we need to discover beneath the surface - it lies in our own abilities, experiences, competencies, and wisdom.

When I looked in the mirror, I stare at my body and said, "you're a crowd", for I'm a cluster of connected sub-personalities. I see myself as a kaleidoscope, constantly changing - shy, noisy, pushy, proud, boring, clever, creepy, witty and moody. Also, I'm a daring one that would like to achieve so much more successes in life, though there are boundaries we tend to build inside us, out of the doubt, fright, and lack of experience that we can ponder. But despite of that, the courage's still living on us.

Today, I am living as a woman, a student, a daughter, and a friend. I am now on the beggining stage of college life, experiencing hardships and adjustments. I am a consistent honor student when I was in my lower years and a consistent scholar. Also, I'm a journalist then, and became part of Supreme Student Government. I am a friendly human being, but depending on who you are. Well, being friendly, I adopt a stance of nodding, and saying "Hello!", observing and talking at, for I want to know who should really be a freind. Doing so helps me feel safe and connected with them.

Living in this surprising world, has lots of stones and thorns, that I have to deal with it. The childhood memories if mine was in tortured. I'm just in one corner then, sitting and crying, seeking for peace and bright life. "Mom! Dad! Please, enough! When will it end? Are you not tired fighting and shouting at each other?", and then they stopped. I felt lost that time, but I tried to stand up where I am sitting. God lifted me up, and I thanked him for that. Honestly, I'm a God fearing one. Living with him is my real philosophical self, for God encompasses us all, that everything will be better if we are with God. All of these knowledge and experiences of mine, makes me who I am today and what I become tomorrow.

In my long run, there is so much more under the sun, under the moon which I want to see, I want to share, I want to do, I want to know, and I want to achieve. Here I am, waiting to uncovered the remaining truth and reality of me.

Jasmine Claor on September 09, 2019:

Life is full of challenges that we may encounter but despite of it we become a stronger person. Yes, we may encounter problems and failures but in the end of the day we learn and surpass it because there's a friend not only a friend a family also that help and guide us to surpass and face that challenges. To know yourself better you must being aware of who you really are. Being able to understand yourself and able to know your personal traits and characters.

Soriano, Ruben Jr., C. on September 09, 2019:

Without problems we never gain solution to solve for. Life is not a 'joy'. In the beginning, we are born to face life. Hurdles, difficulties, knots to tie up and a shadows back to be fear off. But life thought as to be strong enough not just enough but sounding in every pain in the way that we will learn something into it. We will encounter individual that makes us fully but in the other hand makes us emptied. But because of that, after all life good or bad in the end of the day we will realize everything that life was not easy. Life is way up to mold as a human in the end.

Lyka Simon on September 09, 2019:

You will not understand yourself without doing nothing. As you go on of this journey of yours you will face some obstacles in your life that will lead you of knowing yourself, but the best thing you could do is to live your life with a purpose because People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret.

Althea Orodio on September 09, 2019:

Who we are depends on experiences and the people around us. I believe that 'self' is a product of what we've been through and whom we've met in our lives.

Experiences are always good, even if in nature it's not, because it contributes to who we'll be in the future.

We are capable on our own, we're special, we can all change. The fact that we think differently is already a factor that can dictate our 'self' that's why we'll never be the same with others and with our previous self.

No harm for being ourselves. After all, 'I am myself and so will you' til the end.

Kien Wilson Almojuela on September 09, 2019:

For me self is understood through having time with yourself and valuing your own life, your imperfections, your insecurities, all your flaws, your weaknesses and strenghts. And used this as a source or foundation to your better self.

Neriza Yoro on September 09, 2019:

Life will never be perfect. You will experience failures in life but despite those failures you've encountered never lose hope and always see the silver lining. Just be thankful because everything happens for a reason, like failure -it was made to teach us lessons and make us a better person. And whenever we feel so tired and distress about life and when it feels that things don't go in the way we wanted it to go, always remember that you don't have to carry all the burdens on your shoulders because your family and friends will always be there on your side to help you go through it.

Donna Marzo on September 09, 2019:

Life is full of surprises. There is always a negative and positive obstacles in our life but it can lead our way to become a successful in the near future, problems is just a ingredients in our life. But through our journey we always have a accomplice and that is our family who are always supporting and helping us enable to achieve our goals. Family is a gift that God give us so that we should give an importance on it. Spread love❣

Trisha Mikaela Garcia on September 09, 2019:

Knowing ourselves is through self reflection. Understanding myself and reflecting it makes me more aware of how I should pattern myself to learn more effectively and not punish myself for thinking one way of learning would be better than another. As I go through life, it is important that I learn who A am and have the ability to identify and grow from my own personal strengths and weaknessess. The hardships and struggles that I experienced will shape me to become determined, stronger and persevering. I must develop the wisdom and sense to make good decisions and choices. Knowing what I'm good at and what I'm weak in is the only way I can truly grow as individual. Learning from my experiences will help me to achieve the goals and set for myself in life. My dreams are what keep me going, they are an object for me to strive for and I will obtain that object one day.

Joemar F. Graycochea on September 09, 2019:

Knowing who you are will always be more important than others knowing who you are. Some people will never get it; their egos won’t let them. Ego is the main threat to self-awareness; it is the evil villain in your superhero story. We rid ourselves of ego through practice, such as mindfulness, and as a result, we begin to be at peace.

When we get to know ourselves, we get to know the world. We start to see other people as our brothers and sisters. We begin to see life in the way that it is, that we are all truly connected and infinite beings. Knowing yourself is the greatest weapon that you can have in your arsenal. Its power lies in your strength and the confidence gained when you truly, know you.

Buena Centeno on September 09, 2019:

There are things, people that hurt us. There are problems that we feel we can't solve. But if we keep that anger, loneliness in our selves there is no way we can get better. We must have to let go of the things that make us feel unhappy, unlove. We must have to understand accept and learn to forgive those people who hurt us. Everything happen for a reason, maybe a reason to make us realize life that will make us stronger. Life is a cycle of hurting, accepting, forgiving, and to be happy. It's okay not to be okay, yet we need to fight and cheer up our selves life isn't being happy all the time. We need to be hurt some times just to be more happy after. Knowing thyself is understanding, accepting, forgiving and life is living with that self. Reading this article made me realize my self and what is life. Thank you ma'am for sharing. Let's all live, lough and love!

Abalos, Cherry A. on September 09, 2019:

Family is the most strongest weapon that we have right now. We must cherish every moment that we live with them. Problems or struggles that we encounter at the moment is not the reasons that we give up. Failures in life is just a normal situation. If we do mistakes in life learn to move forward and do things right. We only lives once so that you must enjoy life and live to the fullest.

Twinkle rafael on September 09, 2019:

As a person with many experience, i would love to share my thoughts about this article.

Our experiences in life either good or bad, happy or sad we should always be thankful because it is the ones who will mold us in the future . Our downs will help us be more stronger so don't be afraid indeed we should fight against it.

Noelle Solares on September 09, 2019:

In order for us to know ourselves, we must understand it first. Reading this article made me realize that our lives should not always be about being happy, sometimes we also need to let it all out, this then makes us learn from what we have done. We also need to realize that our lives are not always perfect, there will always be imperfections which are all okay because it's what make and complete ourselves. Knowing ourselves means knowing why we are feeling a certain emotion on a certain time. Self-reflection will always be a great help on knowing who we truly are.

Jasmine Brazan on September 09, 2019:

By this time at the age of 18 I could say that there are some self reflection that has been made by me. By the times that my friends turn their backs on me, I have realized that my self is the only one who could be there for me in times of rough. I must be strong in all aspects to protect my self from pain and I also have to be brave to face any challenges that God may give to me. But on the other hand, I still consider the suggestions, and help of others specially when I am really confused. But still, I believe that I can do all things, for God will never let me down. He will always be there to catch me everytime I fall and will give me the help I need through other people.

Raymel Yvonne Mae on September 09, 2019:

I think to know yourself better, you have to learn on how to get into your own thoughts. Knowing yourself is through self reflection. For me, you know yourself when you are aware of how you will react on certain things/scenarios. Know your strengths and weaknesses, how you behave when you're happy, sad, jealous, sick, hurt, etc. Just like what was mentioned in this article, I am what makes me who I am as an individual.

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