The Great and Simple Psychology Behind “All I Know, is All I Know Now”

The Great and Simple Psychology Behind “All I Know, is All I Know Now”

Adopting this principle sends a fantastic message to all corners of our mind. To admit we don’t know everything provides us with two amazing stimuli. The first is we can relax, tell what we know and be self-respectful of what we do not know. But the second stimulus is the fascinating one. This is a really powerful cognitive driving force!

If all we know is all we know right now, then tomorrow we could know more. In fact if we accept that we can enhance and improve every opinion, every idea and every perception at any moment, the impact on our sub-conscious is dramatic!

We thirst after more information and evidence to build on what we have. We delight in admitting we want to learn. We find that in implying to people, let alone telling them expressly of our attitude of mind, they will willingly and encouragingly add to our knowledge and wisdom.

Instead, so many of us, trouble ourselves over what we don’t know. We chastise ourselves for not knowing more, believing that others will think less of too. So what do we do? We become more defensive, and less open to discussion, because we opt to become more and more adamant about what we do know. Worse, we are inclined to extrapolate all manner of conclusions from what limited amount we do know to make us appear as a real authority on the subject.

Common sense dictates we cannot know everything even if we aspired to. Walk through any major bookshop and the almost infinite scale of human knowledge is self-evident. Accepting with humility that one can learn something new, or learn of a new dimension of something we already know, every hour of every day, is a joy.

This makes one feel so much wiser, so much more able to contribute to – rather than dominate a conversation. It invariably helps in conversation with those who, perhaps burdened with too much humility, feel able to voice for the first time for ages knowledge and wisdom they have. Privately we can often sit there in awe, not because this particular shy person has mentioned it, but that it can be the very information or wisdom we have been looking for to add to our own.

In this extraordinary world in which we live and with our open access to the Internet, we can increase our awareness and knowledge of what ever we choose. So it must rank as one of the most short-sighted and self-defeating of human habits for anyone to seek to depend only on what they already know; particularly when even this knowledge can be out-of-date.

Coming at life with the psychological approach that I am always open to learn more has the most dynamic impact on our understanding and use of whatever we focus on.

Sir Gerry Neale has spent twenty five years studying and evaluating research in cognitive behavioural thinking and best practical aids to help people improve their lives. He has written an intriguing self discovery novel called “Squaring Circles”, which some readers have described as ‘life-changing’. It is published in paperback and available from the UK publishers Pearl Press Limited. It can also be obtained direct from by entering Squaring Circles by Gerry Neale in the Books Search Section. In the meantime more details are available on [] (ISBN 9780956868824)

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