10 Self-Assessment

You can fool yourself, you know. You’d think it’s impossible, but it turns out it’s the easiest thing of all.1

—Jodi Picoult, author

Self-assessment may be the most consistently useful application of all the skills. Your relationships, health, and career depend on giving yourself nothing but the truth.

Actually, that may or may not be true all the time. Perhaps there are times when deceiving yourself is useful.

This chapter delves into circumstances in which telling yourself the truth is vital to your well-being and how you can nurture that, as well as when a bit of self-deception might be adventageous.


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