What does it mean to "learn about yourself"? Knowing more about your name, birth date or likes and dislikes? Intuition suggests that this is not enough. In-depth insight into yourself is what is needed here. How does a person do that?
Such a process should answer questions such as: "What kind of person am I?", "What are my predispositions?" It will also reveal just how many traits you have that can be developed, as well as those that require no further attention. This unravels the mystery surrounding your potential, allowing you to concentrate more precisely on its development. Together with the author, a self-taught observer of human behavior for many years, you will examine what goes into personality and how to shape it, and try to identify your temperament and type of intelligence. You will also identify different characteristics of your personality as well as your strengths and weaknesses. You will learn about developing good habits and eliminating the ones that negatively affect your life. You will also gain an understanding of how important and enriching it is to develop the quintessential human qualities of empathy, altruism and kindness. In pursuing these challenging tasks, you will be aided by a wide range of questions, numerous references to biographies of people of greater or lesser fame, examples from the author's life, quotes and descriptions of useful tools for diagnosing personality, including the unique Clifton StrengthsFinder test. An interesting addition are exercises that can be useful in understanding the features of your own character and mind.
Benefits for the reader include: simple, clear definitions and descriptions of concepts such as personality, temperament, intelligence, habits, strengths and weaknesses; knowledge of various methods of determining personality traits and the opportunity to use some of them; a greater understanding of research into intelligence (positive and negative), and the chance to take a sample test to determine your intelligence type according to Howard Gardner; knowledge of the positive and negative traits of your personality, the ability to shape good habits and cope with negative ones; understanding the importance of empathy, altruism and kindness in life; knowledge of tools for defining personality strengths and weaknesses through the Clifton StrengthsFinder.
Part I: How to Develop Your Potential
Part 1 is designed to make readers aware of their potential, understood as a range of capabilities, strengths and creative abilities. The premise is the claim that every human being has potential that is blocked by false beliefs. Understanding the essence of this blockade will help you remove it. This can be accomplished through consistent action towards personality development. The basis for this process includes defining the concept of happiness, recognizing one's abilities and the characteristics of one's personality, strengthening self-esteem and defining the overarching values that allow a person to achieve a satisfying life.
•exercises (in the sections: Food for Thought) 8
•a summary of the most important ideas in each section: Remember: 6
•Extras: an intelligence inventory and lists of positive and negative personality traits
•glossary: 40 entries
•biographical notes on the individuals mentioned in the publication: 27
•index of persons and concepts
•sources and inspirations: 211