from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Knowledge or understanding of one's own nature, abilities, and limitations; insight into oneself.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Knowledge or insight into one's own nature and abilities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Knowledge of one's self, or of one's own character, powers, limitations, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The knowledge of one's own real character, abilities, worth, or demerit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
He was certain self-knowledge and not vanity guided him.
He just found it hard to resist displaying the intelligent scrutiny he always brought to his endeavors and the self-knowledge that informed it, and which he believed he possessed in greater measure than most people did.
But how you are to grow in self-knowledge, become more introspective, discover the authentic treasures of insight and of compassion and of spiritual discernment and of a deep bond to other solitary individuals, how in fact can like call out to like without reading, I do not know.
I hope I have enough self-knowledge to recognise that mine is the instinctive response of someone trying not to be seduced.
Real self-knowledge is an invaluable guardian against self-deception mechanisms of the ego, and any true and beneficial culture of transformation will teach us this.
The Bhagavad Gita's prescription to combat the narcissistic ego is to create a culture of introspection and self-knowledge whose basic components lie in courage and humility.
The Bhagavad Gita's prescription to combat this crafty enemy within us is to create a culture of introspection and self-knowledge whose basic components lie in courage and humility -- a healthy skepticism of our own "goodness" combined with an unending desire to learn more about ourselves.
After a few years I came to recognize that our efforts weren't only about planting trees, but were also about sowing seeds of a different sort -- the ones necessary to give communities the self-confidence and self-knowledge to rediscover their authentic voice and speak out on behalf of their rights (human, environmental, civic, and political).
Despite his claims to recovery, we may be unlikely to turn to him for advice based on self-knowledge and penetration of the human situation.
It requires radical self-knowledge and self-perception and self-scrutiny and involves simultaneously acting and reacting to the feedback your audience provides.