Own Theory of Personality

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  • Topic: Personality psychology, Extraversion and introversion, Psychology
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The perception of personality varies from person to person. The conclusion of what an individual's personality may be is based upon the criteria of the person observing another. Our profile--our personality--stands in dialectical relationship to perception. What we are as a personality, our motives, goals, temperaments, and so on, influence what we perceive as a situation; and this perception itself will influence our personality. Each person is a unique personality, a profile of motivational, temperamental, and ability dispositions and powers. This profile is what we know as another's character, personality, nature, constitution, caliber, or style. This profile is not static nor set on its course; perception and experience can radically alter a person's profile (as systematic communist interrogation shows), since it is only one aspect of the dynamic psychological equilibrium which comprises the self. Our profile--our personality--stands in dialectical relationship to perception. What we are as a personality, our motives, goals, temperaments, and so on, influence what we perceive as a situation; and this perception itself will influence our personality. Nonetheless, personality and will on the one hand and perceived situation on the other are clearly distinct. One of the most important features of personality is the conscious and the unconscious. Freud, of course, was the one responsible for making these terms popular. Perhaps the most important thing to remember about consciousness is that it is personal. And it is in this personal consciousness where everything takes place. To be conscious, you have to know yourself and you have to be capable of reflection. You have to be aware of yourself. To have awareness does not mean to avoid social constructs or personal ones or the use of symbols or words -- only to know these things for what they are and to use them appropriately. And conversely, awareness means having a particular capacity for experiencing immediately reality fully and clearly. Awareness also means presence, that is, "being-in-the-present," the ability to focus on the here-and-now and to understand the past, whether in the form of memories or second-hand information, and the future in the form of hopes and intentions, as being of a different quality than the present. Again, this is not to say that the aware person must avoid memories, ignore history, deny responsibilities, suppress fantasies, and so on. They must, in fact, be aware of the past and future, but as such, without confusing them with immediate reality. And because you are conscious you have to figure out your essence. Most things in the world have an essence -- a nature, a plan by which to live, a "program" to "run." Rocks are what they are. Tables are designed for certain purposes. Woodchucks live by instincts and conditioning. No career counseling is needed. Human beings don't have an essence. Or, perhaps we should say that they create their own essence over a life-time. Or we could say their "essence" is freedom from essences. We are not born like mushrooms who just simply sprout out of nowhere. We figure out our essence as we grow up as a part of the society and to know our roles and purpose. For me, there are many factors that may influence a personality. These factors are the following: (1) social reality, (2) biological factors, (3) accidental influences, and (4) own choices. Having stated these, each would be discussed in the following paragraphs The world is an infinite collection of qualities – colors, sounds, images, movements, and so on. We, the perceiver, on the other hand have individualized perceptions which can be used to differentiate one event from another. The perceiver constructs his own understanding of reality which guides his behavior. To put it in simpler words, you act according to the reality you believe in. The most important reality that have the greatest power to influence us is social reality....
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