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Self-knowledge is one of the most important things in life, but also one of the most difficult. We’re all prone to blind spots, but the good news is that there are many ways to deepen our self-awareness.

You’d think that you’d be the best judge of your own abilities—after all, you’re the only person who witnesses everything you do. In practice it’s a little more complicated. The evidence suggests that we’re not terribly accurate, and the reason for this is that we tend to judge ourselves by our intentions, while others only see our actions and the resulting impact.

Blind to our blind spots

In 1999, American psychologists Justin Kruger and ...

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