Introspection Without Value?


“Introspection is thus of limited use to gain self-knowledge, at least directly. Some forms of introspection are beneficial by helping people construct a coherent personal narrative, even if they do not provide a direct pipeline to unconscious processes.”

SELF-KNOWLEDGE: Its Limits, Value, and Potential for Improvement Timothy D. Wilson and Elizabeth W. Dunn University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4400; email:,


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