The Anatomy of Self-Sabotage



Question: Do you have any blind spots?
Answer: Yes. But don’t worry. I know where they are?


In 2002, Donald Rumsfeld generated much commentary around his statement: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And… it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.”

You can begin worrying when someone tells you not to worry because they know their blind spots. Blind spots, by definition, mean that we are blind to them. So there would be some hope if we at least acknowledged the fact that we know that we don’t know the unknown, and that we certainly don’t know the unknown unknowns.

How many of our problems are created or at least exacerbated by our own self-sabotage, by our inability to concede the problem and our role in it, by our difficulty to seeing clearly and objectively? How many problems would be solved if we recognized that we don’t know the unknown and the unknown unknowns?

Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening (no pun intended) presentation on the invisible things we do to block and sabotage ourselves from achieving our cherished aspirations and goals. There are many things we do that are self-destructive, and there are many reasons why we do these things, some more obvious than others. In this session you will learn to dissect the anatomy of your own self-defeating behavior, uncover the underlying roots that cause you to see things through the colored lenses of your prejudices and self interest, and above all — discover tools to transcend your blinds spots, and embrace the unknown unknowns. And when you do, you can then begin to actually know the unknowable.


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