Here are the comments made on the "What do you think?" quiz this week:
We asked: "Do you think you do a good job of recognizing your personal defects?"
Better than I used to, but still not well enough. You hit it on the head: age, observation and (especially) maturity make it possible to see your own defects. I think it's very hard for most young, aggressive people to see them. I also think this is another reason the 'self esteem movement' in child-rearing and education will be damaging society for years to come.
I think that many personal defects live in blind spots. It takes a certian level of objectivity to look critically at oneself and try to devine where you may fall short.
Being able to see these defects has only been possible by reaching an age when I can look back and see the consequences they had on the success and failures in my life. If I had seen or been shown them earlier in life, I might have made some better decisions.
If I am aware of defects then we can behave in a natural way because we all is different both pysical and in behavior. If you know about it you can deal with it.
Usually matches the feedback I get from 360 surveys very close. Understand the pig example. I was dairy farmer but one time took care of some neighbors animals - a chicken drowned during the day on my watch - I didn't know chickens were that stupid. I felt bad about the result of my responsibility. Great life lessons though!
I try to get feedback from others and also observe others' reactions to me to recognize and try to correct personal defects. Behavior modification is a lifelong learning process.
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