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« on: Mar 08, 2012 09:52 AM »



No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.


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In my own case, I realized (albeit a year or two back) that my eating pattern was quite different from what I believed it to be. For a long while I was under the impression that I would overeat when I was in a normal/happy mood..however, it turns out that I am prone to overeating when I am depressed/dejected.

Let's suppose a scale of 1 through 10, with 1 being "utterly broken" and 10 being "on a real high" -- I would then say that at 1 and 2 I would be starving myself, 3-5 I would be overeating, and 6-10 I would be eating "normally".

Why I believe this is important (at least to me) is that it made me realize that I am not in tune with my own self, which basically translates into having no idea even about my own personality, and makes me wonder how much of one's life (= acts/beliefs/choices) is based on an incorrect perception of the self.

....so how well do you suppose that you know yourself?



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« Reply #1 on: Mar 09, 2012 02:45 PM »


salaam!
i think to a very great extent our actions depend on our perception of self. It is not what we are that matters but what we are made to believe we are that matters. This makes the roles of parents all the more important because our perception of self depends totally on how our parents mirrored us way back,  e.g if we were made to feel imporatnt as infants we carry a healthy sense of self through out life. No i haven't deviated from your topic. I think we  just know ourselves  through response and reactions of others in our life (parents, peers, ...etc). its is through the reflection of others that we tend to form our image. The closer that image is to our real self the better we are in tune with our self.
I for one know myself very well beacuse i was fortunate to have around me caring sensitive people who reflected me with great care when i was in my formative years. Even though i got some pretty poor reflections later on in life( as everyone does) my idea of my self  was so well formed in childhood that i was always able  to overcome any bad reflections.
Hope I got my point across!
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