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Daemon
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Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
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"Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of."

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
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Swift's quote is a rich one indeed. It reflects an awareness of at least two major issues in human behaviour namely, self-serving bias and human potential. Self-serving bias is the common tendency in humans to interpret events and behaviour in ways that promote their self-esteem rather than demote it. That's why most people attribute their success to their own ability and efforts and attribute their failure to external factors. It's a sort of (unconscious) defense mechanism that is activated to protect self-esteem. Look at the beginning of Swift's quote again "... men are accused for not knowing their own weakness". It is others who accuse them of this. The people around you see the negative things in you (not in themselves): self-serving bias in action.

Concerning the second point (human potential), there has been for the last couple of decades a renewed interest in the promotion of human potential. People are not machines; they are endowed with a will and they are to a large extent the masters of their own future. So far mainstream psychiatry and clinical psychology have tried to cure patients by targeting their weaknesses. More than a century of medication and therapy have not brought happiness. Psychiatry's dirty little secret, as Seligman put it, is that all its treatments are symptomatic. They don't tackle the causes of the disease, they just alleviate the symptoms. The new trend is often referred to as positive psychology. It represents a shift from a concern with the weakness to a concern with the strength. People are asked to pay more attention to their strengths than to their weaknesses. Nurturing the strengths is believed by positive psychologists to bring about a degree of happiness strong and genuine enough to take care of the negative emotions and hormones that destroy people's lives. Those hidden strengths, shadowed by an obsessive concern with the weaknesses, are what Swift referred to as "a vein of gold" and do need to be explored and nurtured.
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Daemon wrote:
Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


Self-knowledge is the first knowledge which men must learn, though it's an ongoing, never-ending process... Cause we are changing, be it for bad or good.
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Knowing our weaknesses
is more difficult than most people think.

Knowing our strengths
is more difficult than knowing our weaknesses.

I reckon.

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