Just Pretend You’re Someone Else

Self-analysis is notoriously difficult.  We lie about ourselves, to ourselves, and we believe our own lies.

Here’s a trick that can help with insight into yourself: Use the 3rd person in your diaries , in talking about your emotions and dreams and history.  Two hundred years ago, Samuel Taylor Coleridge dubbed it illeism.

Training for Wisdom: The Illeist Diary Method
Aeon article by David Robson
Journal article preprint by Igor Grossmann

<p><em>The Mirror</em> (<em>c</em>1900) by William Merritt Chase. <em>Courtesy Cincinnati Art Museum/Wikipedia</em></p>

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