Erika N. Carlson researches how well people know themselves and their reputation. Her primary line of research examines if, when, and how people figure out their reputation. In a second line of research, she examines bright spots and blind spots in self-knowledge of personality traits as well as whether self-knowledge can be improved. For example, can mindfulness interventions improve self-knowledge of our patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving? She also studies personality pathology in the context of self-knowledge.When is pathology related to poor insight into one's traits versus poor insight into the impact one has on others?