book hack


The School of Life, Alain de Botton

5 mins

3 key insights

Visual, audio & text

Self-Knowledge is an essay from The School of Life that can help us find freedom and make better decisions by exploring our innermost emotions.




by The School of Life


How well do you really know yourself? You may be able to predict how you will react to things, but can you name the reasons behind your emotions?

The School of Life has long been dedicated to helping people appreciate and deal with the inherent flaws and functions of human nature. By helping us understand ourselves better, the institution enables us to discover a more peaceful and fulfilling way of life.

The school offers a wide range of programs, services, and personal growth resources to ensure that people get the help they need regardless of how they prefer to learn. In Self-Knowledge, The School of Life helps us confront our deepest, most intimate emotions so we can learn to be comfortable with who we are and make better decisions.

It is only after acknowledging deep-seated thoughts and emotions that we can begin to make better choices in our own lives.

Favorite quote

One of the most striking features of our minds is how little we understand them.

- The School of Life

Download the uptime app to

Read or listen, with different modes

Adjust audio speed in the app

Bookmark to save titles for later

Share your favourite Hacks


View the full Hack with Uptime