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Apr 06, 2019 20:20:52

Personality, Character and Temperament

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We often confuse Personality, Character and Temperament.

What Personality is?

(Latin personalis ‘of a person’.)

"A complex pattern of deeply embedded psychological characteristics that are expressed automatically in almost every area of psychological functioning. "

Theodore Millon and Roger Davis

"Enduring patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and oneself, exhibited in a wide range of social and personal contexts." 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)

What Temperament is:

(Latin temperamentum ‘correct mixture’, from temperare ‘mingle’.)

The biological-genetic template that interacts with our environment. A set of in-built dispositions we are born with. It is mostly unalterable. In other words, our temperament is our nature.

What Character is?

(Greek kharaktēr ‘a stamping tool’. From the early sense ‘distinctive mark’, ‘token, feature, or trait’, and from this ‘a description, especially of a person's qualities’.)

It is largely the outcome of the process of socialisation, the acts and imprints of our environment and nurture on our psyche during the formative years (0-6 years and in adolescence). It is the set of all acquired characteristics we posses, often judged in a cultural-social context.


And there is life and... there is RanGen - Character Personality Generator. Generated: "Open, Lives for the moment, Guilt prone and Inflexible"; "Secretive, Strategic and Miserable". Woooow... right?!

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    @lucjah RanGen -> interesting. Reminded me of a book where people were having fun capturing personalities with 4 traits, can't remember what is this book.
    Also, personality comes from person, but person comes from persona, the "mask" of an actor in the ancient times. There's "someone" behind. The Soul? Of course it's missing in your list :)

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 06, 2019 20:57:12
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      standard personality tests are based on four pairs of opposite traits: Extraversion (E)/Introversion (I); Sensing (S)/Intuition (N); Thinking (T)/Feeling (F); Judging (J)/Perceiving (P)
      maybe there is the 4 coming from

      yes, there was persona mentioned in the text i read, i thought it's going too deep... it seems persona is the layer of personality, obviously the outer, which we can take off (by meditation :-)))
      "The persona is that which in reality one is not, but which oneself as well as others think one is." hihihi

      and... but... what soul is then?
      (The “soul” which accrues to ego-consciousness during the opus has a feminine character in the man and a masculine character in a woman. His anima wants to reconcile and unite; her animus tries to discern and discriminate. [Carl Jung “The Psychology of the Transference,” CW 16, par. 522.])

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 07, 2019 07:29:07
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