Knowing yourself is a personal development. And loving yourself consists of accepting yourself with kindness after having recognised yourself.
Personal development is a term that is sometimes overused. It brings together a set of ways of thinking, centuries old for some, and have been developed strongly over the past 70 to 30 years.
You may have heard of Alfred Adler‘s and Carl Gustav Jung‘s work (Swiss psychiatrist), the methods of Dale Carnegie, the Coué method, the humanistic psychology of Maslow and Carl Rogers, positive thinking, more recently NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming (pragmatic approach developed around 1970 by Bandler and Grinder) and positive psychology by Seligman (1998).
All these methods aim to improve self-knowledge and talents, quality of life and the fulfilment of desires or even dreams, through mental coaching. These are not psychotherapies rather behavioural support to facilitate personal transformation: for example, getting rid of harmful habits, improving one’s performances, and asserting yourself.
Within personal development, the mental coach will check how to develop the needs for self-realisation that nourish the feeling of fulfilment.
Isn’t it nicer to do what makes sense for you? You still have to know yourself and know what makes you tick.