Reflection 225: Book Excerpts 51-54

May 6, 2011

Copyright © 2011 by Steve Perrin

From KNOW THYSELF: Adventures in Getting to Know My Own Mind by Steve Perrin. Available on

51. Each of us is a unique specimen of humanity, not a replica of anyone else, nor a model for others. (Introduction, p. xxix.)

52. If we humans are to know ourselves, which is clearly a prerequisite to knowing anyone or anything else, then we must start by looking into ourselves to better understand why we have the wonderfully strange ideas that we do, and follow through on those ideas in making ourselves happen in the world—as we cannot deny that we do every day of our lives. (Introduction, p. xxix.)

53. Introspection has received a bad press as somehow introverted or even narcissistic, but how else are we to learn about our unique selves if not by becoming familiar with the workings of our own minds? (Introduction, p. xxx.)

54. This book is not about mental illness or therapy. It is about the workings of the everyday mind, and of one mind in particular, namely mine, the only one I have access to and concerning which I can claim to be the world’s leading expert. (Introduction, p. xxx.)



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