“Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Etymology: Latin introspectus, past participle of introspicere to look inside, from intro- + specere to look — more at SPY
: a reflective looking inward : an examination of one’s own thoughts and feelings
I read this quote today and it made me think quite a bit. It is very true that the more I talk about myself with someone, the more I conceal. Why is this? Well maybe because trust is something that should be earned and not given, but I do not practice what I preach and always reveal too much… but in revealing I am also concealing. But that is not entirely true either, I think the more we talk about who we are with other people, the more we really omit, the more we do not share, the more thoughts we put in our safe vault.
We are all introspective during alone time, and once the revelation we have about ourselves is shared with another person or even just a simple thought, their reaction immediately affects our way of thinking, taking whatever it was out of the realm of introspection. If it is a positive response we might embrace that thought and be vindicated, but if it is negative, it is human nature to somewhat question that thought and maybe even change it.
I like to think that I am very self aware and introspective, but the more I live the more I realize that a lot of who I am is true only if others see it. Perception becomes reality and well, who we are becomes how others see us. On all of that, we still fight for our ideals and to show to others who we think we are, but unless we are hermits, we are ever changing and being affected by our environment.
Any thoughts on the quote, what do you guys think?