“Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Webster: inĚtroĚspecĚtion
Pronunciation: “in-tr&-‘spek-sh&n
Function: noun
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?

8 comments on “Introspection?

  1. We spoke about this one day and I’d mentioned how introspective I am too; and I’m also a very private person, something which has an impact from the stilted, fluffy stuff of my blog to the way that others perceive and interact with me. I know that most everyone thinks of me as being resilient and self-reliant, and probably stronger than I sometimes feel; and I’m really not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing, but regardless, what and how much we conceal from others is always with the goal of seeking to appear to them in a certain way and much of it is to gain acceptance and validity. To some we reveal ourselves more than to others, to others we conceal more and it’s based on how the other person interacts with us as well as what glimpses of themselves they’ve allowed us to see. A delicate and sometimes beautiful dance of personalities as each appears or retreats according to the words and actions of the other. Geez, how philosophical for early Friday morning in between dusting the furniture and loading the dishwasher! LOL

  2. Very Interesting. I was actually just thinking about this the other day. I interviewed someone for a position here at work, and found that I simply let loose with a lot of personal information about myself. And I was the one doing the interviewing!! I thought about it a lot afterwards, since this is not the first time I’ve found myself spewing pieces of myself into the atmosphere for no reason.

    I’m still not sure why I do it.

  3. Ah good ol’ Nietzsche. I feel that this quote is very appropriate to me – i’m apt to do such a thing both consciously and subconsciously. But thats probably only because i have something to hide. Hell, even my blog is a smokescreen… ­čśë

  4. Hi :) I do that same thing. Talk with a a person about myself, yet I leave certain things out. I’m very private. Even on my online blog, I don’t reveal it all. I think most people are that way. Only reveal certain things. BTW, is that book youre reading good?? Death Be Not Proud? I have never heard of it before.

  5. Hey Fredrick Nietzsche is the most awesome philosopher there is ever. I feel like the quote was just for me and it’s definitely one good pick :)

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