Personality and its ‘makeup’

This topic of personality and what defines these genetic, environmental or any other inherent features actually came about from watching the clique stereotypes as seen from the main characters in the Inbetweeners 2 movie whilst at a random bar on Don Det island, Laos. Okay so, first of all, what is the tangible definition for personality? As described in the dictionary, as a noun, the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. This is quite interesting and contradictory in comparison to where the word personality actually stems from; the Latin word persona referring to a theatrical mask used by performers projecting different roles or a disguising of identity. Is this term personality just a coined term in an attempt to somehow explain the differences, or perks shall I say, in the human minds, the individualistic and fundamental characteristics or are we perhaps just puppets feeding into the realms of social acceptance and by becoming limited from the rules of society has it led to the prevention of our minds true potential?

What are considered to be the fundamentals of a personality, and are these fundamentals what define your personal identity? I would describe the fundamentals as the defining personality traits, traits that can’t be learnt or unlearnt, thus forming part of your instinctive and inborn mind. And also what is the conjoining relationship linking personality and personal identity since the terms are all so often readily used interchangeably. My perception would be that they differ from that of the external and internal, and your perception of identity rather than the actual reality, in comparison to how it is perceived from the outside. But ultimately they still relate by the definitive of an individual. But this may be hard to distinguish when there is such a necessity to define oneself externally. Personal identity is massively craved in todays’ society in creating a distinctive image from that of another individual as a means to somehow convey these symbolised personality traits to another being. It is seen in our dress sense (maybe stereotyping here) by wearing a bright multi-coloured pattern dress to appear quirky and bold in personality also. It is seen by the way we attempt to express our sexuality, some craving the ability to appear feminine or masculine to the appropriate sex. It is seen by the tattoos and piercings we have, our hairstyles, the manner in which we speak, our facial expressions, body language, the way in which we walk, just to name a few identifiable factors. But can these somewhat external features also lead to a falsified personality, whereby an alternate version of yourself is projected to others; maybe unintentionally, but likewise still not a representation of your true self. Or is this even possible for a prolonged period of time?

…A past memory springs to mind when for a significant period during teen years, I was obsessed with straightening my curly locks, insignificant to the damage it caused and mainly concerned with the longer period of time that passed, the fear it created of people seeing it natural for skepticism that it would create a different image of myself to others; that fear of rejection, or even the warranting of comments. I know it sounds ridiculous now even to myself, trapped in a bubble of my own forged identity as to appear a certain way to others, especially seeing as I have such a profound appreciation for it now. But at that time with a young unguided mind trying to fit into the models of society, I fell victim to the prevention of expression purely from and by my mind alone. It is not a wisdom, which could have been taught in my case either; it had to be learnt from those ‘clever little life experiences’. Growth is definitely a crucial step in developing wisdom. So can we ever be released from the moulding required created to fit within the idealised vision of what society decides it wants painted?

In arguing against the idea that a personality cannot be forged, at least not on a consistent basis anyway, because it would, in fact, form part of the instinctive means to your own identifiable personality, even the potential conscious premeditated forms of expression will still in someway retain this authenticity; still forming part of yourself, with it being the spontaneous choice of display to other beings. Humans are quite adaptable after all, and react otherwise to varying social interactions depending on a whole array of factors; whether it be within a formal or informal social setting, the person whom interacting with, the level of familiarity and regard towards that person, and various other social settings. These unconscious variations due to social settings can lead to changes in the tone and volume of the voice, the choices of words used, the body language and facial expressions. So would these modifications be described as involuntary reflexes, acquired behavioural traits and impulsive reactions in response to the social requirement or are they maybe somewhat a conformity towards the requirements of social hierarchy? But nonetheless, it would definitely not be considered as a forgery, right? Well, more so, just an adaptable version of oneself. However this differing portrayal, can perhaps in some ways be seen as a forgery, regardless of its reasoning. Or maybe forgery isn’t even the correct term to be used since it would suggest a mindful premeditated modification of identity. Regardless of the term used, is this very idea a real conceivable possibility? Can a person forge an entire personality? The watching eye would surely identify and call this fraudulent behaviour out straight away, in the blink of an eye. I can imagine it to be like watching a show on Broadway, although very entertaining nonetheless exaggerated and evidently rehearsed. Everyone knows it to be acting no matter how good a show. But then again who is to say if the watching eye had even been paying that close attention, then those fraudulent cracks could easily be swept under the surface. The forgery of a personality may also take a differing form whereby the individual may have an altered but deceptive view of themselves, from making a lie become their eventual truth. And so could this be considered forgery if this becomes the persons actual reality, forming part of their acquired personality, maybe not an inbred trait, as personality is ultimately also a development in response to certain environmental stimulus.

It is hard to regard any being as having the ability to forge a personality, or even parts of it, seeing as we all have such a unique genetic makeup, thus there would be no necessity to do such a thing, we are all individuals after all. But then again social acceptance plays such a huge part in the overall portrayal of personality to others, whether it be the conversations spurred up depending on the audience, holding back certain truths, laughing at things not considered funny, or the good ole fostering other peoples opinions as your own. So is this to be considered as forgery or instead an adaption in fitting in with the requirements of certain social interactions. Throughout my travels I have adapted to a multitude of varying yet pleasurable social situations; meeting people from all over the world with such diverse views and opinions, backgrounds and upbringings, likes and dislikes and I have enjoyed company for some unexpected places, made connections from the most unlikeliest of sources, and even challenged some of my own views along the way. And I wouldn’t consider myself to ever having created a distorted vision of myself to others. Not knowingly anyway so if it had been done I would justify this as having been instinctive thereby still form part of my original personality traits. So maybe this just signifies the openness in our minds to accept new challenging thoughts thus becoming our own idealisations likewise and our ability to adapt to changing social environments, a technique whereby you mould yourself to suitably fit into the required social shape.

The mind is such tricky business and to even begin to touch the surface in explaining how we behave as a result of society and if our personalities are affected as a result I will need outsiders’ opinions. After all, we all have such very different minds, right? Throughout my research I dwelled into tough questions about self and what really defines that individual to form part of their personal identify as well as ideas about forgery and whether this is could be a real possibility. I will use the word forgery in an attempt to extract the real genuine ideas as to the possibility of this likelihood, in a hope that the uncomfortable nature of some of these explorations will withdraw the upmost natural responses. Their names will be changed to protect their ‘personal identity’.

~ Person 1: Thandi the thinker, mid twenties ~

What are the fundamentals of your personality? Giving and generous, putting others peoples needs and comforts first and foremost

…So can this being construed, as budging, bending or folding to meet others demands? This is who I am and a proud quality at that, and although it can have its negatives it is not to be confused with indecisiveness

So are there any more fundamentals? *Very long think* A fantasist; living in a daydream to escape the inability to express my personality in real life, creating a morphed vision of how I would like to appear, the catalyst being my inability of expression thereby leading to a lack of confidence

So the question comes, do you think you can forge a personality, on a long-term basis? Well not many people listen and watch, it’s more of a face value situation and you change to fit certain social groups but overall, no, it’s body of work so you can’t be someone you’re not

And what about yourself, have you ever forged your own personality? *An example rolls straight off the top of the tongue* Whilst in a completive job role, in an attempt to appear more confident, plagued by the outspokenness of others, she overcompensated by taking on extra cases and presentations although she didn’t really want to. And this was not because she wanted to stretch her own limits but instead she expressed how certain social situations within work had led to this and the difficulties involved in overcoming these social clusters. And after a very long think or two, hiccups and various attempts at expressing herself correctly, she maintained this was not a forging of a personality but rather more of a means to survival and if anything held back in certain aspects rather than to forge her own expression.

So would you say certain social interactions have shaped your personality to a certain extent? Yes of course, and I would strongly question anyone who says otherwise but it’s a matter of adapting rather than conforming. Yes we have certain deep-rooted traits but we are open to be shaped and we are constantly evolving. Long story short, we are not all that rigid

Even as far as going to saying someone could commit an extreme crime, never considered possible? Yes. I would never say never as experience shapes personality

And what exactly is personality? The differences in behaviour and patterns in communication, how you are portrayed to others, informing others of yourself.

(I found the choice of word ‘communication’ very interesting purely because although your personality is what other people perceive I, myself, would still attribute it to the individuality of our minds).

And are you born with this personality, how much? About 30% as if I had grown up in a different environment I would have very different experiences. And personally, I think development mainly comes from school. But the deep-rooted traits would still remain

When can you truly be yourself? Alone

Why? Your unfiltered thoughts and behaviours don’t run the right the risk of judgment, interference or opinions. You don’t need to explain yourself to anyone, and you can understand your own mind, how you are, better to yourself. It then makes you more comfortable and becomes your purest form

~ Person 2: Dominic the dreamer, mid twenties ~

How would you view personality, what is it? You go through life, meet people, learn and naturally take things from people you agree with. Experience is certainly what shapes your personality!

(Here we go again with this ‘experience shapes personality’. I don’t think anyone could argue that certain experiences shape you as a person, and in turn your personality. But is this all really that pivotal and instead isn’t it how you deal with certain experiences that tell more about you as a person, more so those instinctive responses in dealing with unexpected events, kind of like the trigger leading to a transmission in the sensory neurones in response to touching a pot of boiling water, the body’ response in dealing with a harmful external substance. Like tragedies, misfortunes and other life surprises. So essentially how big a part does your experience play in your overall personality? I would describe it as a moulding rather than shaping, a life long work of forming a perfect circle using play doe, with these experiences and in turn the wisdom required, and maybe even a case of rebuilding. Like the kid that touches a pot of burning water will at least have the wisdom needed to not do so again).

Why did you want to travel? I am a prison of my own habitat, which causes difficulty in expression. There is an aspect of the reinvention and freedom it causes. I also struggle with conformity

What are the fundamentals of your personality? Good listener, relaxed, chilled out and genuine

What is personality? The way you speak, and dress, essentially what is portrayed from the outward appearance

(Again it is a matter of portrayal to others rather that your inward unseen traits)

And can this be forged? I met a guy during my travels you could tell was usually shy but overcompensated by trying to be overconfident but he actually appeared awkward instead. But if you fake something for long enough time it will eventually become real, and your own truth. As it creates a manifest and all you need is that faith. But not every lie is necessarily bad

So do you consider this to be forgery? Well everyone is an imagination of himself or herself and if you question things too much it will throw everyone else into doubt

(I found this very interesting too just purely because why wouldn’t we question it, because it would skew the perception of reality? And throw everything off balance? And puts into doubt the whole idea of personality and individuality? Questioning it is how the differences in our thinking become established? Or whether it is actually a real thing and we haven’t created this term ourselves? Humans more often than not want to appear different from their outward appearance and rather appear similar in thinking during social interactions due to maybe fear of appearing dissimilar to the next person, or even appearing crazy with the thoughts potentially devised. So this theory instead puts limits on the imagination of our minds).

Are you born with a personality, to which percentage? Yes, you are born to be who you are. I have many similarities between now and my childhood, including my fears. I would say around 80% because you are a spirit, a soul, so although your external personality may change your inner soul will remain the same. You need to feed your soul with externals, which make you feel free. Alternatively you make think that you’re fee but it can be misguided thoughts driving this

(I have always considered fear to be a habitual trait rather than a question of actual personality. It is something learnt and taken hold from certain life experiences. I can pinpoint exactly from where some of my fears stemmed from. And I have also seen the diminishment of these fears over time, after coming to this realisation. So it is not included as an integral part of these fundamental personality traits. So with this confusion, can traits actually considered fundamentals also be a result of the manifestation of a desired persona).

(And also what does the term external personality even mean? Are there two types of personality; the one within you and the other one that you choose to portray to others, and two perhaps entirely different beings? And if so then surely there would be the possibility for forgery to follow; from the irregularities in conveying only one ego at a certain time and maybe even their merging to form a whole new personality alter ego).

Do certain social interactions shape your personality to a certain extent? Yes with all new experiences but it may be your intuition, as you don’t know how you’re going to react on the spot. You personality is shaped by social interactions and the way as to how you form relationships with different people change.

~ Persons 3 & 4: Jessica and Leon the all-rounded, mid twenties ~

What are the fundamentals of your personality? J: Loyalty *hard think*, compassionate L: Kind-hearted, passive and calm but adapts to a certain situations, for example maybe becoming aggressive if needed. Certain experiences also shape who you are and certain life events define you as a person

So is it experiences what shape you or how you deal with the experiences that show more about your personality? L: Yes it is also your reactions that show who you are as a person

So are these reactions instinctive? L: Yes all social interactions are

What is personality? J: temperament, humour, and charisma…I think of the Sims and the varying levels of each trait L: The building blocks that determine your emotional and instinctive reactions. This determines who you are!

Why do you think people portray an external appearance? J: Some people act to appear extreme on the outside because they are trying to protect their personality, they may be shy, or in trying to show it physically they don’t have to introduce themselves L: Yes, they show their personality externally to demonstrate to others without having to actually communicate

(Yes I agree with this in some cases, but not all the time due to shyness, but maybe a lack of confidence or a difficulty in expression. This external appearance can also be a form of expression, a pure form, untainted from the stigmas of social acceptance or anything comparable).

Are you the same as your childhood? L: My past self is considerably different from me as a person now. I used to be very emotional, and crying constantly, and sometimes angry. It may be a result of my family setting. Now I am too unemotional to say what I feel and much more confident

(This was quite a sudden comparable difference. I would have considered these traits to be fundamentals, rather than a characteristic acquired over time, so it does question what types of traits are really all that integral. And can a lot of them be learnt and unlearnt with time, wisdom and experiences? But on the other hand, these two extremes could also have a huge causal link, still fundamental traits but changing in response to environmental stimulus)

Do you have any tattoos? L: Yes it meant something to me. A monk also did it

Are you born with a personality? J: I remember my earliest memories and feeling emotion, the feeling of missing a parent if I was alone. So, yes, if temperament is considered part of your personality L: Your personality in its most basic form will always be there

Do you change in differing social setting? J: You can portray yourself in so many different ways to the point where you can be considered a whole different person. You just show different parts of your personality to different people. And it’s a lot about the mutual interests shared between each other so you adapt to this. For example a guy with his girlfriend acts differently from when he is with his guys L: In work you are shy to begin with, you show them the good parts of your personality, and then when you get to know people enough you show them your true personality

(And at this point a very thought provoking question was put forth to me: When can you truly be yourself? I myself, trickle out my personality, in drips and drabs, and in varying forms depending on my social setting. But as for truly being myself, in its entirety, it would have to be when I’m alone. And the three other people present during the discussion agreed upon this synopsis. So it becomes more palpable of the idea of a differing projection, or not a true full representation of oneself during social interactions; one where you choose to hold back certain thoughts, parts of yourself, or even create a skewed perception. So why is it that we are so heavily influenced by these socials factors? Is it due to society and the burden related to acceptance and certifying yourself in all but every aspect of your life? Or are we conditioned from a young age of the ideas of right and wrong, what is and isn’t acceptable to feel, think or say? Or could schooling play a predominant part, with social factors of such high importance during this extended period of your life? Or do we create this mental block ourselves? I’m not too sure if I’m honest but I think it is down to a combination of these factors or maybe even a disregarded survival trait, where forming groups was once critical in our success. Either way it was a ‘tell all’ question into the inability in expressing ourselves unconditionally.

  ~ Person 5: Isme the idealistic, mid twenties ~

What are your personality fundamentals? Empathy, over thinker, desire to connect with people maybe as a result of my lack of friends as a child, parents and other environmental factors

What is personality? *long think* it is your inner soul

Are you born with a personality? Yeah for sure, around 40%. It’s like your ego. You are pushed in life by what is learnt but you integrals will always be in you, you can try distance yourself from it but it will always be inside you

Do you change in varying social interactions? I am always the same and open to everyone. However drugs have changed me to a certain extent but I use meditation to combat this

Have you ever forged a personality? Yeah during my high school years

When can you truly be yourself? During mediation, where you separate yourself from everything and what is left. It allows you to realise to not push yourself onto external influences, fake yourself to blend into society or the inability to express yourself. 

(On this particular discussion I felt many responses were said in a conformist manner, the expected answers marked in response to true or false quiz despite it being an open-ended test. But it was understandable given I had only conversed with Isme for a little over an hour beforehand. Yet a tell-all into how people behave when confronted with certain social situations and the necessity to adapt)

 ~ Person 6: Callum the calm, cool & collective, mid twenties ~

What are your personality fundamentals? Quiet, no first to voice opinion, creative thinker as well as practical

What is personality? Internal and external factors that shape you as a person which merge into one. Internal and external factors can include situations and people, body language, how you carry yourself etc. It is more than just your upbringing as I am different to my brother but childhood does still shape your personality

Are you born with a personality? Yes it’s within you but you also develop a personality and how you perceive a situation in a certain way. You’re bound to be a certain way but still it’s more of a development

How would you define yourself as different to someone else? We are the same as everyone, but with different environmental factors

Are you similar in your thought processes? We are able to link to other people in a spiritual way as well as situations

Is your past self different? Yes. I was exposed to different things. A different environment would force different situations and I would be a completely different person so there are really no fundamentals. It is experience that shapes personality

Do you change in varying social interactions? Yes, at work. I still voice my opinion but I’m an adaptable version of myself. There becomes an age where that is your personality, you have laid the foundations, had the experience which shape you on later years, and you are constantly building on this

Have you ever forged a personality? Confidence plays a big part in the ability to express oneself. You act to openly express yourself as similar so real beliefs influence outwards personality. Cracks will always show through though. I myself have sometimes reserved a personality but not forged

~ Person 7: Oliver the open-minded but opinionated, twenty ~

 What are your personality fundamentals? Happy, laidback, un-confrontational, unemotional

What percentage of a personality are you born with? It is not genetic at all. Although my sister is different regardless of the same upbringing I still find it hard to believe it’s genetic. It has a lot to do with surroundings

(I found this interesting. I personally didn’t think anyone disputed the genetic input towards that of personality, only really differing with the percentage put forth. But it does also pin point the environmental basis and its stronghold in a persons’ personality. During my travels I had the pleasure of interacting with a 13-month-year-old girl living in Laos. And in watching her on a daily basis I concluded that it would point-blank be ludacris to ever deny her having personality, despite her age and the inability to really access this. She was the most adventurous, independent and forthright toddler with an ability to amuse herself every second of the day. She never ever cried despite constantly falling over and injuring herself, just picked herself up and continued about her explorations. And during one of her explorations her individuality was made evident when she had ran into a bench and smacked herself in the head. She carried on past the bench but must have had a think about it so decided to come back to the same bench to hit it back and give it a telling off. I wouldn’t ever dispute her larger than life character having seen it for myself but it could also be argued that it may be down to her environment where the children are often left to explore their surrounding, and given a lot more freedom than that in many western countries, so they all express these ‘fundamental traits’. Genetic or environmental? I would always argue both but this little girl had such a personality there is no way it would only be down to environment given her age!)

Are traits fundamental? Some things can be unlearnt but when it comes to empathy this is something that can’t be. It’s within the roots!

So do all human being possess empathy? Yes, deep down! Only positive are really the only fundamentals. And self-improvement is easier than self-destruction

(Yes. I would also agree with this stipulation where positive traits are the only real fundamentals, with empathy the pivotal factor connecting human beings. But then that would mean that any negative traits are acquired only as a result of environment. It’s a hard statement to prove, and given the injustice, inequality, immoral acts and so forth also a strong statement to make; that all these qualities are a result of peoples’ environment. But society paints a bigger picture as to the conceptions of right and wrong given the past and present injustices. People lead by example right so personally I don’t see it as that far fetched. I don’t know lets not dwell deeper into this controversial topic but environment certainly does play a huge part into a persons personality that is for sure)

Why do people feel the need to project themselves externally? External personal identity pushes your personality in the beginning, reinforcing your internal mindset. Also everyone wants to belong in a group, it is just human behaviour; us never wanting to be alone

Why do you think people strive to be different externally but appear similar internally? It is a lot easier to dress in a different way than it is to voice your opinion as it creates vulnerability

When can you truly be yourself? Close friends and small groups. In larger groups I become more vulnerable which can result in isolation. I personally don’t discuss sensitive subjects

What is personality? Internal characteristics. It’s the way you act and think about things. Your core values, essentially how you are as a person

Have you ever portrayed yourself differently? I am more confident and outgoing now then when I was younger. As a teenager I was afraid to talk to girls and adapted to certain social situations. Also my job is quite testosterone fuelled so I act differently to how I would with my friends, where I am more chilled down

Can a personality be forged? To a certain extent, yes, although it hasn’t happened to me. People adapt to fit into certain groups, adapting their personality depending on the beneficial factors. But although you can change the way you act your values will always stay the same.

An interesting point, as picked up from the study, was the definition of the term personality and how it was described as an outward quality, as a portrayal to other beings, rather than your interpretation of this inward trait. And with it being such an inward trait I was surprised as it being put forth as something that is communicated rather than being something that comes from within. It definitely says something about the relevance of todays’ society and the limitations of our expression. Does it matter more about what is expressed to the outside world rather than to express at all? That is the overriding factor in the ability to express oneself nowadays and be true and pure to ones thoughts. What is considered to be right or wrong, normal or abnormal, justice or injustice? What is even considered to be a justified thought? It is spoon fed to us throughout our lives using an array of different angles. But what if these constrictions put in place by society and our own misguided stipulations are the very constrictions holding us back from our great minds?

Another noteworthy point was the selfless traits everyone accounted as a fundamental attribute of their personality, their primary unchangeable traits. I would wholeheartedly agree that beings are born with these positive and selfless qualities above all but is this what really makes us different from any other human beings. Do we not all posse these same basic human instincts, maybe misplaced or very well hidden in the subconscious mind of some individuals, but yet still our bonding personality feature and not what distinguishes ourselves from another? So if that were the case then what would have been an appropriate answer for the questions posed? And isn’t any sort of answer going to appear vague and ambiguous, and in fact relatable to a large group of people? Or maybe just a lack of words available in the dictionary to describe personality traits to a tee? Or does an individual know whom they really are, as how you may view yourself can be portrayed much differently to others. If asked the question of my own fundamentals I would also describe this same selfless nature and mutual respect between beings but also my stubbornness and strong willed ability to fight for the rights of my principle, my principles of right and wrong. Lastly my naïve vision of the world, like in the eyes of a child, and the gullibility that can persist. But this would be gibberish to another person in attempting to understand me as a person. And there are so many traits, which are impossible to explain unequivocally. So in answering my question I don’t think a personality can be described in a verbal form, rather a displayable of our individual characteristics. So in describing personality as a displayable of characteristics, it becomes understandable now that people would also describe personality in this manner, and even more conceivable that a personality can be altered, in changing the what one displays. So, where does this leave the idea of forgery?

The forging of a personality can take a variety of forms, in terms of the outward appearance but not only limited to this. People vastly act to appear different from their outward appearance but strive to appear similar in social interactions for that fear of dissimilarity. I mean god forbid anyone thought you were crazy with the thoughts that you formulated. So can this manifestation lead to a forged personality in a sense? Or is this so-called forged personality an actual reality for that of the individual, thereby not a forgery at all but instead what actually manifests from within. “It’s within their nature so it wouldn’t make any sense for it not to be their real being”. Although the people in my study could express personal renditions or examples from interactions with others, it was still overall not described as a forgery. Maybe withholding of certain truths, displaying your personality in part, this altered manifestation, with a lack of confidence being the main factor, but yet still not forgery. It is not a conscious judgment after all, rather an impulse reaction in dealing with a situation put forth. I also don’t think your natural thoughts can ever be hindered, but rather a careful maneuverer in their translation to the watching eyes and listening ears. So maybe there are varying personalities for a singular being that all stem from one natural, integral part of that being, part of your biology, and unchangeable, consistent and rigid in nature, no matter what. Like the branches of trees, which extend from the so solid trunk, they are able to hinge, hook and loop onto these other materials, to hopefully flourish and maybe form a symbiotic relationship but yet the tree itself will always remain the same. And lets not forget the roots, the genetic makeup which allows for this initial unique growth pattern.

In toying with the idea of forgery I explored the ideas put forth by Sigmund Freud, his belief being that in explaining human behaviour, a true account is never given, despite its un-deliberate nature, and also our great ability at self-deception. I quite agree with these ideas but where does this leave our true intentions. Are they as a result just banished? None existent? As reiterated by Sigmund Freud ‘the unconscious mind is the real cause of most behaviour’ so this would suggest that certain traits are uncontrollable yet still have such a strong influence on human behaviour. And this can lead to the various defence mechanisms as expressed by Freud such as repression, projection, displacement, denial and so forth. One interesting defence mechanism he expressed was the idea of rationalisation whereby facts are distorted in order to make oneself unaware of actual reality. In other words believing your own lies. Self- deception. And this defence mechanism was described, as an unconscious mechanism so there is no way it can therefore be a forgery, if there is a lack of awareness. And the same goes for all the other defence mechanisms. They are all the minds natural response in dealing with a given situation, the involuntary responses at the unconscious level. In other words, these deceptions are a result of our unconscious mind so there is no way it can be a forgery, more so just a lack of understanding as to why we behave the way we do at the best of times.

I found it very interesting that the majority of people liked to use the citation ‘experience shapes personality’. So if this is the case then how much of a part does it play in your overall personality? Could you be a completely different person had your experiences been different? That would suggest that social settings, being a significant segment of these very experiences, would also play a significant role in the ‘shaping’ of your overall personality. Or are these experiences nothing more than a mere learning curve, a path to better decision making, making your grow wiser, not a characterisation of your overall personality? I say it’s how you deal and/or are affected with situations that say more about you as a person, and how you act to overcome or rectify these obstacles. But it is hard to really know if it is one or the other. And also as to how much of a personality are natural inbuilt traits or habitual traits acquired over time but taking the form of appearing integral, because lets face it, both are sure to play a major part, and it may even vary for different individuals. So intrinsic or habitual, or does it even really matter if they form part of our overall personality? And then can we learn to think in a certain way? To the point where it becomes a permanent fixture? Well as already stipulated with a habitual trait, no matter how permanent a fixture it may seem, so integral where it is believed to form part of your personality, it can just as easily be unlearnt. But these integral genetic traits, what about them, can these also be learnt, forged or are they part of our very being? Well, I would like to think they form part of who we are.

So do human beings consist of the one personality or multitude of varied forms? Well, it really doesn’t matter as it all forms one essentially regardless of what you decide on displaying, and ultimately merge into one. Or maybe even an alter ego as how you view yourself within your imagination. The study did establish, however, how a personality is very heavily impacted by social interactions, more so than I had originally expected. I must say it has raised quite a few unanswered questions and it is such an interesting topic anyway so I plan to dwell deeper into the subject at a later date. I really touched a chord with all the selfless traits expressed, myself believing that all humans are born empathetic, although certain environmental pressures can alter their intensities, and even disguise their affirmation. But what about right or wrong that would be something I would like to further explore. But my departing words as a result of my study…

Be sure to express the poetic language of your mind with infinite freedom!



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