Knowing thyself is an extremely important and difficult task. Self-knowledge is necessary for properly navigating reality and understanding one’s place in it. Problems often emerge when one’s self-perception is inconsistent with reality.
For example, if one pursues a certain path with inadequate self-knowledge, they may come to realize that was the wrong path for them to take. Their strengths and priorities may lie elsewhere. Understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses is essential for knowing which ends to pursue.
So why is knowing thyself so difficult? Our perception of ourselves frequently differs from reality. We want to believe certain things about ourselves that may not be true. We may have even been taught falsehoods about ourselves from people who are out of touch with reality. For these reasons, it’s important to occasionally evaluate one’s self-perception in order to understand its validity.