What's in Your Personality?
Each person's personality is like a big mixing bowl of different life ingredients. Although the same tools are used to form our personality, it’s the life ingredients that go into the personality that mainly dictate how we behave and view the world around us.
In that mixing bowl of personality, a primary or key ingredient is the unconscious. This component forms the basis for all the other personality ingredients. The unconscious is a piece of the mind that one does not have a conscious awareness of, but it serves to dictate much of our thoughts and behaviors. Studies have found that information from our environment is retained in the unconscious mind as early as infancy; thus, our thoughts and behaviors are not only formed from our experiences as an adult, but also from information and observations gathered during childhood and adolescence.
Next, our ego, which was first recognized by Sigmund Freud, assists us in identifying who we are. We are most aware of the ego, as it is in charge of our conscious mind and our decision making.
Our biological, physical, and
genetic makeup are also important. These ingredients further serve as the foundation of who we know ourselves to be and how others see us. Biologically, you are a male or female and your outward physical appearance usually reflects such. This knowledge often determines how you view yourself and behave in the world around you and how others may view and treat you.
Additionally, your genetic makeup will include race, eye and hair color, and other genetic contributions from your parents. All of these components work together to form your outward physical appearance and biological and medical predispositions.
Culture is also an important ingredient in the personality mixing bowl. One's culture can dictate how we are reared and how we react and respond to others.
Cognition is how one interprets and thinks about themselves and their world around them. With this personality ingredient, one's life experience and unconscious mind, can cause individuals to identify and interpret the same event differently.
Spirituality allows one to ponder their place in the universe and their very existence.
The final ingredient in this personality mixing bowl is one's Nature and Interaction with others and their environment. How does one react to others? Does this person have a happy disposition or an angry one.
All these ingredients work together to form our personality and are heavily influenced either positively or negatively by the unconscious mind. Knowing your personality helps you to better understand who you are and why you behave the way you do.
While you ponder this information, you may want to ask yourself the following questions: How does your personality compare to others? How has your past experiences influenced who you are and how you react to others? What do you need to work on to be a better person?
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