<p>Assignment: What must we do to truly understand ourselves?</p>
<p>This was written in a timed setting -- I would very much appreciate a truthful answer, preferably with constructive criticism. Thanks =)</p>
<p>The nature of understanding is a complex dance. While we believe we understand ourselves throughout the entirety of our lives, we believe what is fallacy. To truly understand ones, one must follow a dogmatic procedure noted in The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. In addition, this can be exemplified in the social science of psychology.</p>
<pre><code>In The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, ultimately finds and understand himself. He engages in a solo tour and journey of Manhattan, aimlessly searching for nothing. Along his journey, he realizes more about himself than he has ever realized before. He finds out the truth in his personality, and the phoniness in others personalities. The young, rebellious Caulfield begins to finally understand himself and his actions. He establishes a mindset that will most likely stay with him for the rest of his life the idea that he wants to be a catcher in the rye, metaphorically catching, or stopping children from becoming evil, phony adults. Holdens adventure shows one procedure of garnering understanding of ones self; beginning a journey, preferably on ones own.
Furthermore, the requirement to solve a dilemma can have a side effect of finding ones self, as illustrated in the novel entitled The Great Gatsby. In the novel, Daisy, one of protagonists, is torn between two lovers, both of whom are mutually infatuated with her. Consequently, she is forced to choose between two lovers. To do this, she must realize what she wants in life and how she wants to obtain it. In this process, she begins to understand her motives, her drives, her personality, and her cognition.
Lastly, a specific field of psychology, psychoanalysis, attempts to find peoples true selves and their true emotions. The brain child of Sigmund Freud, this specific school of psychology relies heavily on the unconscious mind and on dream analysis. Freud believed that dreams show ones repressed, raw emotions and feelings. With psychoanalysis, a psychology could, theoretically, find a persons true self by analyzing their dreams. Consequently, the patient would be inclined to understand his unaltered emotions and unaltered self. They would realize what they think unconsciously; they would realize what they think, without fallacy.
Ultimately, we can prescribe a plethora of methods for ourselves to quell the sickness that is to understand ourselves. To truly understand ourselves, we can engage in a number of activities. These are exemplified in the rebellious novel entitled The Catcher in the Rye and the progressive novel entitled The Great Gatsby, written by JD Salinger and F Scott Fitzgerald, respectively. In addition, we can truly understand ourselves through a school of psychology named psychoanalysis, created by Sigmund Freud.