6 Little Traits That Reveal Your True Self

Self-knowledge is the ultimate superpower.

Kyle Chastain
4 min readNov 16, 2021

According to legend, the Temple of Apollo in Greece bore the inscription “Know thyself.” That inscription still fascinates us because we haven’t mastered its wisdom.

We make decisions we know we will regret because they’re easy and convenient.

Self-awareness is a lifelong journey. If you could truly understand yourself, you’d be able to make better decisions about your life. It would mean less unnecessary pain for you, and possibly getting more of what you want.

So, why is self-knowledge so elusive to us?

Because we’d rather lie to ourselves than face the truth. It’s easier to believe in a fantasy about yourself than to take an honest look at your life. Do you know what doesn’t lie? Your actions.

The truth is, we’re obsessed with the idea of self-awareness. Facebook had to ban personality quizzes because so many people were taking them and surrendering personal information about themselves. So why don’t we use more self-awareness to make decisions?

Actions really do speak louder than words, and how you act tells you more about yourself than any personality test.



Kyle Chastain

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