Friday, November 13, 2020

How to answer greatest weakness

 The first thought about this question is to assume the questioner assumes that a weakness is something negative, but that assumption may not necessarily be true. The dictionary definition of "weakness" does not mention negativity at all:

Now, I can also assume that the questioner assumes a weakness is something negative because it must be "something you want to improve." That assumption may not necessarily be true. If a weakness is really only what someone else perceives as something one wants to improve, then the person with that perceived weakness probably doesn't see it at all as a negative thing:

Furthermore, it may be that the questioner assumes a weakness is something negative because it must be "a flaw in your character." That assumption is also not necessarily true. A perceived weakness could instead be an aspect of someone's personality or attitude:

And I could go on, but they way the question is phrased seems to be implying that weakness is negative. That may not necessarily be true.

So the answer to this question is, "Weaknesses are not necessarily negative." That can be useful for answering interview questions because it will help you figure out what the person really means when they ask that question. It may also be useful because it forces you to think about whether weaknesses really are negative in the first place and if they need to be completely eliminated.

But that might be overthinking the question. Maybe the answer is simple and straightforward, like "I have no weaknesses." That would put a positive spin on it. It's not really lying because you don't need to say what your weaknesses are if you have none.


The greatest weakness of human beings is that they are too aware of their own existence, which means they spend much time thinking about themselves. In fact, the vast majority of your thought process is focused on yourself. The only thing you think about more than yourself are the things around you, which happens to be yourselves as well.

So the greatest weakness of human beings is that they spend most of their time thinking about themselves. If they could focus on things that are around them and not too much on themselves, then humans would be far more successful in life.

Now for a very brief explanation on why humans spend so much time thinking about themselves. Human beings are aware that they have thoughts, which is the first step to viewing oneself as existing.

The next step is when a human being begins to think about themselves in the context of their existence. Humans are aware that they exist, and therefore they have time to reflect on their own lives.

The next step is when a human begins to think about the meaning of life, which means that they start thinking about why they are on this planet. As humans are aware that their time here is limited, then they want to make some sort of lasting impact.

The next step is when a human begins to think about how they can make the most of their time on earth, and this leads to them thinking more than ever.

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