The first step to self knowledge is rejection of the familiar Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take In developing and supporting your po

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The first step to self-knowledge is rejection of the familiar.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position.

One of the most important findings of modern social psychology has been the abolishing of the notion of so-called priviliged access. This term describes the erroneous claim that one's self is better known by its very self, since it can get to the maximum amount possible of givens and information about it. However, expiremental evidence has shown that the self-concept is rather fundamentally distorted and full of illusions, for these play a significant role in the psychological adaptation needed to cope with normal stress.

Applying this to the question of self-knowledge in particular, one should thereby only accept their self-concept with reservations, lest they turn out to be affected by the numerous cognitive biases that always work in a concerted manner. Here, it can be deduced that what is usually labeled familiar is highly susceptible to be affected by bias, because it is a product of the innate tendencies of human thinking and can only be ameliorated by external intervention. For example, unless one is fully aware of the inclination to overestimate one's relative performance in a group, they are likely to end up working less on improving themselves.

On the other hand, though, such rule-of-thumb is majorly liable to individual differences. Again quoting modern psychology, the modern theory of personality dimensions clearly shows that the self-concept, and thereby self-knowlege, can be more or less accurate by having specific personality traits. For instance, a higher level of conscientiousness, characteristic of perfectionist and workaholic persons, significantly increases self-criticism and thus exposes otherwise straightforawrdly accepted notions to severe scrutiny. Therefore, before venturing to reject any familiar or long held belief, one should refer to the correspondent objective criteria based on which a belief about the self can be embraced or denounced.

In toto, while it is true that one's own depiction of the self, both its points of weakness and strength, is usually flawed and a result of the exigent desire to cope, some familiar notions might still be aligned with the objective stance about them. For this reason, instead of focusing on a mere opposition between the exceptional and the familiar, we recommend the focus be shifted to a subjective versus objective kind of scheme, where conforming to standard measures would be the only way to establish a belief. Such perspective would not only allow for a more accurate self-image, but would rather allow one to assess their relative susceptibility to different biases.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 3, column 217, Rule ID: IN_A_X_MANNER[1]
Message: Consider replacing "in a concerted manner" with adverb for "concerted"; eg, "in a hasty manner" with "hastily".
...erous cognitive biases that always work in a concerted manner. Here, it can be deduced that what is u...

Transition Words or Phrases used:
but, however, if, so, still, therefore, thus, while, for example, for instance, in particular, kind of, it is true, more or less, on the other hand

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 20.0 19.5258426966 102% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 11.0 12.4196629213 89% => OK
Conjunction : 13.0 14.8657303371 87% => OK
Relative clauses : 8.0 11.3162921348 71% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 24.0 33.0505617978 73% => OK
Preposition: 61.0 58.6224719101 104% => OK
Nominalization: 10.0 12.9106741573 77% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2181.0 2235.4752809 98% => OK
No of words: 402.0 442.535393258 91% => More content wanted.
Chars per words: 5.42537313433 5.05705443957 107% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.47771567384 4.55969084622 98% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.25076031684 2.79657885939 116% => OK
Unique words: 241.0 215.323595506 112% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.599502487562 0.4932671777 122% => OK
syllable_count: 695.7 704.065955056 99% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.7 1.59117977528 107% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 4.0 6.24550561798 64% => OK
Article: 2.0 4.99550561798 40% => OK
Subordination: 6.0 3.10617977528 193% => OK
Conjunction: 2.0 1.77640449438 113% => OK
Preposition: 5.0 4.38483146067 114% => OK

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 13.0 20.2370786517 64% => Need more sentences. Double check the format of sentences, make sure there is a space between two sentences, or have enough periods. And also check the lengths of sentences, maybe they are too long.
Sentence length: 30.0 23.0359550562 130% => The Avg. Sentence Length is relatively long.
Sentence length SD: 47.9601659171 60.3974514979 79% => OK
Chars per sentence: 167.769230769 118.986275619 141% => OK
Words per sentence: 30.9230769231 23.4991977007 132% => OK
Discourse Markers: 11.3076923077 5.21951772744 217% => Less transition words/phrases wanted.
Paragraphs: 4.0 4.97078651685 80% => OK
Language errors: 1.0 7.80617977528 13% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 9.0 10.2758426966 88% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 4.0 5.13820224719 78% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 0.0 4.83258426966 0% => More facts, knowledge or examples wanted.
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.103264880095 0.243740707755 42% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0365149046966 0.0831039109588 44% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0242269616146 0.0758088955206 32% => Sentences are similar to each other.
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.0642684391747 0.150359130593 43% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0139948884686 0.0667264976115 21% => Paragraphs are similar to each other. Some content may get duplicated or it is not exactly right on the topic.

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 19.6 14.1392134831 139% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 32.57 48.8420337079 67% => OK
smog_index: 11.2 7.92365168539 141% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 16.2 12.1743820225 133% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 14.81 12.1639044944 122% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 10.31 8.38706741573 123% => OK
difficult_words: 132.0 100.480337079 131% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 15.5 11.8971910112 130% => OK
gunning_fog: 14.0 11.2143820225 125% => OK
text_standard: 16.0 11.7820224719 136% => OK
What are above readability scores?

Better to have 5/6 paragraphs with 3/4 arguments. And try always support/against one side but compare two sides, like this:

para 1: introduction
para 2: reason 1. address both of the views presented for reason 1
para 3: reason 2. address both of the views presented for reason 2
para 4: reason 3. address both of the views presented for reason 3
para 5: reason 4. address both of the views presented for reason 4 (optional)
para 6: conclusion.

Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
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