You don’t know what you don’t know

21 Oct 2021

I thought this was a phrase I heard on the radio, but it is a quote, Donald Rumsfeld.

I am interested in what it means in our lives and whether other people can relate to it.

When I was studying many decades ago, the tutor told the class that she was disappointed by our low marks. She had offered her help, but no one had come to ask for assistance, and she could not understand why. She did not realise we were all confused but did not know what we needed help with.

People can only ask for help with assignments if they have some knowledge about the topic.

Sometimes when people are struggling with mental health issues, they are told to seek help.

If they don’t know what they don’t know how they can understand what help to ask for.

To know what you don’t know requires insight into one’s behaviour and thoughts.

People often assume that everyone understands what they need when many of us really have no idea of what we don’t know. When one struggles sometimes it is hard to pinpoint what is not working and what we need.  We may get overloaded with advice  but if you don’t know what you don’t know, it is hard to know what help is needed.

Do you know what you do not know?

Maybe you don’t know what you do not know?

Confused, tell me why?


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