You, Yourself as a Third Person

I have seen this advice from time to time: if you are stuck and cannot decide how to address a problem that plagues you, pretend you are a third party who is giving you advice. Step outside of yourself for a moment and you will find that the difficulties  may be less than they appeared.

This is not just a problem solving tool. It is also a strategic idea for better understanding how to live. Borges brings this out rather well in his conversations. He refers to himself as a third party all the time. A person who did certain things for certain reasons that he can now comment upon. Here is an example.

The benefit is that this sort of commentary takes you beyond the moment into a more historical sense of things.


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