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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-knowledgenoun

    an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities


  1. self-knowledgenoun

    Knowledge or insight into ones own nature and abilities


  1. self-knowledge

    Self-knowledge is the understanding and awareness one has of their own character, emotions, desires, strengths, weaknesses, motives and behavior. It involves introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. Self-knowledge allows individuals to make conscious decisions that align with their personal beliefs, values, and goals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Self-knowledgenoun

    knowledge of one's self, or of one's own character, powers, limitations, etc


  1. Self-knowledge

    Self-knowledge is a term used in psychology to describe the information that an individual draws upon when finding an answer to the question "What am I like?". While seeking to develop the answer to this question, self-knowledge requires ongoing self-awareness and self-consciousness Young infants and chimpanzees will display some of the traits self-awareness and agency/contingency, yet not be considered as also having self-consciousness. At some greater level of cognition, however, a self-conscious component emerges in addition to an increased self-awareness component, and then it becomes possible to ask "What am I like?", and to answer with self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is a component of the self, or more accurately, the self-concept. It is the knowledge of one's self and one's properties and the desire to seek such knowledge that guide the development of the self-concept. Self-knowledge informs us of our mental representations of ourselves, which contain attributes that we uniquely pair with ourselves, and theories on whether these attributes are stable, or dynamic. The self-concept is thought to have three primary aspects: ⁕The Cognitive Self

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-knowledge in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-knowledge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of self-knowledge in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Disraeli:

    A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of himself. Self-knowledge is the property of that man whose passions have their full play, but who ponders over their results.

  2. Eppie Friedman:

    Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.

  3. Earl Miller:

    Self-knowledge is everything, recognizing that you have less time and can't get as much done takes the pressure off.

  4. Marilyn Ferguson:

    Fear is a question What are you afraid of, and why Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.

  5. Lord Tennyson:

    Self-reverence, self knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead life to sovereign power.

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