Self-Knowledge is Power! Knowledge of Self Towards Successful Living

Snow White - Ask the mirror within for the answers to attain self-knowledge

Read the first part of the ‘Self-Knowledge’ series: ‘Quotes of Wisdom: Inspirational Words towards Self-Knowledge’

What is the relationship between Self-Knowledge and Self-Reflection?

Snow White comes to mind when I take the time to self-reflect, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the most self-knowledge of them all?”  The mirror then replied, “Look within yourself to find the answer.”  Okay, I know the previous dialogue was never actually said in the Snow White film but that is my reinterpretation of them when thinking of how one can discover self-knowledge.

You must think I’m like a scratched record because of the amount of posts on this blog re-emphasising the need for self-knowledge as a key to enhancing yourselves in life.  The reason for my over-zealousness in this regard is because I feel learning about oneself is an important and overlooked subject which, if encouraged, will greatly benefit this planet for generations to come.

Now going back to self-reflection, I feel it doesn’t only mean withdrawing into yourself and being deep in thought, it also means looking at your own reflection of self within the mirror of a clear perspective.  The only way we can truly know ourselves is by examining our own minds without judgmental views and with freedom.  We must look within ourselves with honesty, and without papering over the cracks of our flaws which will just open up again sometime in the future.

For us to improve ourselves for the better and achieve continuous growth we must identify any debilitating causes, open up the cracks, correct and reconstruct our minds, and by having self-knowledge one can achieve that purpose.

Knowledge vs. Self-Knowledge
Accumulating general knowledge can fill and stagnate the mind, leaving no room for growth towards self-learning, clarity and wisdom.  Self-knowledge’s goal is not actually about accumulating, but it’s more to do with emptying the mind so one can think with more flexibility as well as being able to adapt to unforeseeable changes in life.

You must ask yourselves the question, “if there is no room for my mind to grow because of superfluous knowledge, then how can I find the space to learn about myself and surroundings during my whole lifetime?”

What does it mean to have Knowledge of Self?

Self-knowledge ultimately means having the knowledge to react positively to any given situation that may affect you in your life.  Because if you know yourself, you will know life and will be able to conquer any enemies trying to siege the fortress of your mind.

How can one attain Self-Knowledge?

  • empty your mind of the useless knowledge that does not benefit your personal growth
  • absorb what is useful and learn from other sources such as books, video, audio or another person – be sure to use them only as a pointer and not a substitute for your own self-learning
  • be open minded and non-judgmental
  • be both observant and objective of yourself and in relationship with others
  • be aware of your behavior so to understand why you react in certain ways to different situations
  • Find time to be on your own so you can self-reflect and question yourself on life and any present obstacle in your mind
  • be independent of mind when making decisions and try not to be influenced by people or opinion which maybe false or go against your nature
  • write down your daily observations and thoughts, such as in a diary, personal journal or even a blog

What are the benefits of Self-Knowledge?

Self-knowledge will help you with:

  • your relationships with yourself and others
  • understanding and dealing with emotional issues
  • understanding your motives and behavior as well as others
  • being conscious of what is and is not in your power
  • being conscious of what you can and cannot achieve
  • knowing your strengths and weaknesses
  • becoming a good judge of character
  • enables one to develop objectivity, rationality, reason and, ultimately, wisdom
  • knowing how to overcome any difficulty and negative feelings when they arise
  • self-motivation and self-help
  • independence of oneself in making the right decisions and improving one’s emotional mood
  • continuous self-learning, self-improvement and personal growth throughout your whole life

Can one learn Self-Knowledge from external or secondary sources?

One can learn from enlightening books and people but it is somewhat limited towards your own self-knowledge.  My advice is to use secondary avenues of knowledge as a guide (very much like what this blog is trying to achieve) towards learning about yourself and attaining wisdom.

One must not depend on these sources to provide you with the answers regarding yourself – which may only debilitate your own growth in the long run.  One must have complete independence, and work towards achieving total understanding of oneself.

Look within the Mirror of Self

Self-reflect in the mirror of self towards self-knowledge

As you can see from the amount of benefits gained from having self-knowledge, it is most obvious that you should endeavor to begin learning about yourselves so to live successfully.

To be successful in life is not just about having a big bank account or becoming a Managing Director in your company.  True success should be measured by one having attained the knowledge to live more consciously, intelligently and peacefully – which should all contribute towards one living a wise and fulfilling life.

In conclusion: Without self-knowledge there cannot be self-improvement of mind…and remember, the mirror of self never lies.


  1. Carl says:

    If you would like to learn more about “self” get a copy of The Power of Self Separation this book explains the latest study in behavior —- why we did what we did

  2. Fatima Da says:

    I agree to learn about oneself is very important because “self” will always show up on that…. mirror..Thanks grt post

  3. Jason Cooper says:

    Thanks again, my friend…and continue your lessons of self-learning.

  4. I like your post, very true words. Most people do not know who they are and why the react the way they do.

  5. Jason Cooper says:

    Yes Patrick, you are quite correct!

    If we all had some self-knowledge we would be able to deal with inner problems before they actually take root.


  6. Studying our own actions and reactions is the key to happiness. How do we make ourselves angry? How do we make ourselves sad? How do we make ourselves afraid? Once you understand the steps involved in this process you can move in another direction.

  7. Self realization is a power acknowledgment to who you are. Not who you think you are though the eyes of your friends, but who you are as a person. Its about knowing who you are, which leads to self understanding for why you do the things you do.

    Great Post!

  8. Jason Cooper says:

    To NP & Jonathan,

    It seems the both of you are well on your way to having self-knowledge judging by your enlightened words.

    Thanks to the both of you.

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  10. Wow….this article is full of jewels!

    Our ideologies are so aligned that it is ridiculous. I’m glad I stumbled upon your site when I did.

    Knowledge of self is soooooooo important. People need to be a little more selfish. Find out who you are and not what you pretend to be. You are so correct, you can not work on your “cons” if you do not have some knowledge of self.

    I look forward to getting to know you more than what I do already pal. You’re one of the good ones!


  11. Jason Cooper says:

    Thanks once again for commenting, Ali!

    Again, to me, self-knowledge is the greatest knowledge that anyone can attain, which ironically, is not actual knowledge at all. All it is is self-understanding, common sense, intuition and wisdom, which doesn’t equate accumalting general information in the mind that can be recalled if and when you need to.

    Self-knowledge is with you always from now until you are dead – and more importantly, it doesn’t fill the mind and require the function of memory.

    Questions one may ask themself:

    Who am I?
    How am I to live righteously?
    How am I to be true to myself and others?
    How do I live a happy and contented life?
    How can I improve myself and solve the many issues that affect me?

    Answer to all: self-knowledge

    It must be important then.

  12. Great points! To add to this, a lot of external factors add to our self-knowledge. For instance, when I see someone acting a fool in public, I know that I would never behave in such manner. Or, when I see someone worship another person (an actual human), I know that I would never do such. By seeing certain things, we gain knowledge of ourselves by knowing that we are not likely to do the same. It may be for whatever reason but it goes back to knowing what I like, my views, who I am etc…

  13. Jason Cooper says:

    Yes Ali, we can learn a lot from others’ mistakes as well as our own.