The Habit of Self Reflection


In rereading Mansfield Park recently, I noticed how strongly Jane Austen emphasizes the need for self evaluation and self improvement to ensure the proper development of one’s character. How different from life today. People engage in improvement of their physical selves through diet and exercise and of their financial selves, but how often in contemporary life do you hear anyone discussing the habit of self reflection and self improvement?

One thought on “The Habit of Self Reflection

  1. Interesting. I think those of us who have suffered violence or abuse engage in this more frequently than others. I think we have to in order to survive. And also because our brains are messed up–so we need to work on ourselves constantly! BTW did you enjoy Mansfield Park?

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