Abstract The present essay critically analyses the utility of seminal and contemporary individual variations theories in understanding life events. The theories of Freud and Rogers are discussed and contrasted. Moreover, modern-day individual researches that explain variations in cognitive ability, affect, and sociability are also tackled. They may have helped the writer gain insight on why individuals differ from others in terms of the cognitive ability, affect, and how they connect with others. A lot more than these, they have helped the writer introspect about my own personality, predisposition about life, and preferences. They are useful input in deciding when, where, and how the writer is most effective in relating with other folks. The insights culled from the essay are yet another step towards self-mastery.