From Asso­ci­a­tion for Psycho­log­ical Science: “It’s a natural tendency to think we know ourselves better than others do,” says Wash­ington Univer­sity in St. Louis assis­tant professor Simine Vazire. But a new article by Vazire and her colleague Erika N. Carlson reviews the research and suggests an addendum to the philosopher’s edict: Ask a friend. “There are aspects of person­ality that others know about us that we don’t know ourselves, and vice-versa,” says Vazire. “To get a complete picture of a person­ality, you need both perspec­tives.” The paper is published in Current Direc­tions in Psycho­log­ical Science, a journal of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Psycho­log­ical Science. · Go to Who knows you best? Not you, say psychol­o­gists →