Know Thyself


socratesWho am I?

What is my purpose?

What is the meaning of life? 

Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.

I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.

Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.

In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.


Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who was best known for creating his “Hierarchy of Needs,” a theory on human psychological health grounded on the fulfillment of innate human needs culminating in self actualization.

According to Maslow, only 2% of the population will  EVER achieve true knowledge of self, reaching their full potential mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

While it may seem daunting to some to even try to attempt this higher state of consciousness and fulfillment, I firmly believe that it is our duty as human beings to at least give it a shot.

Over the past couple of years, in my personal quest to better my life and answer these questions, I have dove head first into books on self improvement, spirituality, philosophy, history, and biographies of great men and women that have walked before me and attempted to do the same.

While my journey is nowhere near completed – in fact I’m just getting started – I have learned that at least part of the answer lies in our service to others.

Service is nothing more than the act of trying to improve the lives of others.

You can do this in two ways:

  1. By alleviating their sources of suffering, or
  2. By generating new sources of pleasure in their lives.

That’s it.

Take time out of every day to disconnect and be alone, so that you can think about not only what drives and excites you from within, but also about how you can use these innate talents and passions to serve others and tackle the problems we face as a society.

This, in my most humble opinion, is the first step one must take if she ever hopes to achieve higher consciousness and supreme self fulfillment as a human being.

In all honesty, it’s the main reason I started this blog almost 3 years ago: so that I could help others on their journeys toward maximizing their health and lives.

Now, a few weeks ago I was introduced to a personality test based on psychologist Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers’ personalty type theory.

According to The Myers and Briggs Foundation, this test is designed

“… to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”

Mr. Jung discovered 16 distinct personality types in his studies and research.

The Myers Briggs test consists of 93 forced choice questions that if answered honestly, can help point you in the direction of your specific personality type and preferences.

I admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, but after taking the test multiple times across different websites and receiving the same exact reading, I am convinced that there is at least some truth to the theory and procedure followed in arriving to its conclusion.

Also, after reading about my specific personality type I not only learned a lot about myself, but it also helped to reaffirm my personal journey and what I am doing with my life, as well as why it is that I feel certain ways about certain things.

In my opinion, self knowledge is the definition of true wisdom.

We all have qualities that we exude and certain things that we are good at naturally, all while at the same time being deficient in other traits of character and areas of our lives.

The problem with most people is that they go about life never knowing what these things are, and in turn, working in careers that are unfulfilling for them.

This is a huge problem, and one that is most prevalent in society today.

It’s one of the reasons so many of us put monetary wealth above all else in regards to living a successful life and being a “leader.”

I encourage all of you reading to take the test below.

Make sure you have a good 15 minutes of privacy and silence so that you can contemplate your answers and be as honest with yourself as possible.

Once you have completed the test you will be presented with the resulting personality type and some literature about your character traits – including your strengths and, yes, your weaknesses! (We all have them.) 

It is my sincere hope that for the majority of you this test only reaffirms your path and strengthens your resolve in the face of any adversities you may face on your journey to self actualization.

For those of you who take the test and in the process of learning about yourself realize that you are in the wrong career and/or unsatisfied with your life, I hope that it sparks a flame deep within you to make a change and fulfill your unique potential as a human being.

“I say that to talk every day about virtue and the other things about which you hear me talking and examining myself and others is the greatest good to man, and that the unexamined life is not worth living” ~ Socrates in Plato’s ‘Apology’

Live a life worth living.

You not only owe it to yourself, but to the world as well!



Author: J.J.Valdivia

I have worked in the health and fitness industry for a decade. Through my personal work with clients, and my writing, I strive to help others become more well-rounded human beings, so that they may thrive in all areas of their lives.

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