This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
To be true to thine ownself, thou must first become acquainted thyself.
Where do we begin with our understanding of connections to our universe? Our loves.
Our friends. We start within.
Each of us on a lifelong exploration through our own unique
and vast universes. It's difficult to understand the world if we don't understand HOW
we are looking at it.
This section offers links to some sage advice and self-tests that
may help us learn more about ourselves.
Here are a few great links to check out:
Teens Helping Teens
If you need any advice or information on abuse, this is the site for you.
The Self-Study Toolbox
"We experience ourselves as fully alive, fully human, only when the island of self-consciousness
is an unfragmented whole. Walling off huge portions of ourselves -thoughts, feelings,
fantasies, memories, powers, potencies, even dreams and aspirations- makes us sick.
It is even possible in extreme cases of self-alienation for one's waking self to be almost
entirely false. When that happens, we usually cling to the assumption that we know who we
are, that nothing inside is a mystery; and meanwhile the real self, its interior voices
ignored, slowly dies. The purpose of getting to know oneself, a process that goes by names
like inner work, self-actualization, self-realization, self-study, and individuation, is
to open up the waking consciousness to its unconscious foundations by reclaiming disowned
aspects of oneself. We undo our repressions, make contact with our bodies, rediscover our
feelings, study our wants and needs, exercise our dormant talents, dream our dreams. We
work through long-standing emotional conflicts. We unblock the creativity we all possess.
We "listen with a third ear" to the quiet movements of the emotional/intuitive depths in
us, knowing that feedback from our entire organism is more trustable than the limited,
one-sided reactions of the waking self."
Chalquist defines some excellent starting points such as self-honesty, reading, and
keeping a journal among other points in the article quoted above from the "The Self-Study Toolbox."
This site contains an Emotion
Intelligence (EQ) test that will show you where your emotional responses might be stuck
and need work (via self-help or therapy). Run your mouse over the green dots on the test
page to find correct answers. Each question has a link "more on this topic" beneath it,
which leads to additional information about your response to the question.
The Keirsey Character Sorter &
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter
These psychological tests are designed to identify different kinds of personality
temperaments. They use attributes of the four temperaments to help your
preferences. It is similar to other devices derived from Carl Jung's theory of
"psychological types," such as the Myers-Briggs, the Singer-Loomis, and the Grey-Wheelright.
The questionnaire identifies four temperament types: Guardian ["SJ"], Artisan ["SP"],
Idealist ["NF"], and Rational ["NT"]
Keirsey Character and Temperament Language-Selection page
- If you need the Keirsey tests in a language other than English - go to this page to select
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