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Where does your personality come from???
I am not an expert on this sort of stuff at all but I heard that there is no actual part of the brain that gives you a personality it was just things from your life that make it up. So does that make our personality not even there more just something within our body like a spirit or soul almost?
Got any Ideas or know your stuff on the subject?
Last edited by DwayneD.L.Rabon; 10-12-05 at 01:23 AM.
the 'persona' originally meant mask--as in ancient Greek draa where people wore masks showing various emotions.
Originally Posted by All.For.One
now, think of yourself.....tink of yourself when yer horny. woyld u want your mum to see ou then?....bet not. but tat is an ASPECT of you...a persona/
then say you are with your mates, dont you show a different aspect
/mode pf yourself than when you are with your girlfrien or dad..
so what i mean is is that we are all a living spectrum of modes of being. not just ONE mask. THO some poeple as they gets older do seem to wanna stick to a mask, or an ingrained way of being, tho they still will have various masks the show to the world and themselves
Regarding 'soul' and 'spirit'---i feel it is the Christian church dogma which has made a mask/persona of the 'soul'....ie., unlike some Indigenou insight of SOUL being inherent in all Nature, for te christiansthey have individualized a conept of 'soul'...one tat can be burned for ever and ever and ever and etc, or saved
as for spirit? oroginally in Judaic Critian myth is simply meant breath...ie., that once it is gone, they 'assumed' te spirit too had gone...'pneuma'
my view is that we have abstracted 'matter' and 'spirit' due to our cultural conditioning, whereas the two always are togther
Where does your personality come from is one of the big Psychology questions, like "what is consciousness". Even defining "types" as in what type of personality is someone, is a whole branch (several trees ! ) of psychology.Personally I'm from the Social Psychology school. This argues that our personalities are fundamentally driven by the society and social situation we find ourselves in, impacted and developed by our personal histories. A simple example that is the famous/infamous "prison guards" experiment that looked at how people behaved when arbitrarily assigned roles as guards or prisoners - see http://www.holah.karoo.net/zimbardostudy.htm
Amongst the complicating factors are the impact of physical state of cognitive processes, imbalance of hormones, tiredness, etc can cause a different interpretation of an external stimuli causing "out of charecter" behaviour.
Of course we also developed learned behaviours, so end up in the old "nature vs nuture" debate. For some people what doesn't kill them makes them stronger, for others it destroys their will to live.
As to being located in an area of the brain, I don't know - not my field at all, but having seen how the brain can rewire itself to bring back cognitive functioning through a new route - I'm not sure it is "located" per se.
So - this was just to add to the debate. My view is that we all start out 80% the same, are moulded primarily by our immediate society and family, but the other 20% is an evolutionary control factor that "allows" other character traits to make an individual fitter to survive in given circumstances.
thou art wise oJjames R
Yeah, in Buddhism it's called ego, it is the product of memory and like the soul, it's not even there.
Last edited by spidergoat; 10-04-05 at 01:50 PM.
I’ve been told that my personality is a combination of a dysfunctional wombat and a retarded sycophant……making me no more and no less than….average.
Be kind to yourself always.
1. Personality: The dynamically organized totality of personal traits which distinguish one person from others.
2. The sum of the characteristics which make up physical and mental being, including appearance, manners, habits, tastes and moral character.
3. Personal beliefs, expectations, desires, values, and behaviors that derive from the interaction between culture and the individual. Personality is the behaviors and techniques for solving problems that are used by an individual. Personality is to the individual as culture is to the group.
4. In psychology, personality describes the character of emotion, thought, and behavior patterns unique to a person. There are several theoretical perspectives on personality in psychology, which involve different ideas about the relationship between personality and other psychological constructs, as well as different theories about the way personality develops.
All the above from Google.
That isn't strictly speaking true. Although, true, personality doesn't emanate from one particular region of the brain, it's development does very much tie in with the development of the Cerebral Cortex - thats the outer surface of the brain that gives it the appearance of a ruddy big pair of bollocks.
Originally Posted by All.For.One
As a structure it takes around five years to develop after your born, as it does so it gradually lays down and organises itself into neural pathways which structure the way thought becomes processed into increasingly more reasoned ways.
Basically we start out as new Born's as creatures of pure Id - I see it I want it, stuff annuated pensions and if I want a dump I'll do it now... gnnnnnnnnn!
With greater Cortical development come such things as Concept of Self, Concept of Others, Ego and all the rest of it. As I say, takes around five years for your "personality", as such, to fully realise itself as recognisably you - although even from birth each and every ones of us does display behaviour inherently unique to ourselves as the people we will ultimately become.
This is because in vitro cortical development has begun to take place and its needed on the outside world - so, basically, personality is co-dependant on the development of a specific kind of overall brain structure.
You might find this article interesting:
Originally Posted by All.For.One
The problem of personality, by Ajahn Sumedho.
I think our personality is mostly based on our experiences, but also how the brain copes with different input. People can have similar experiences (or input), but end up with different "results".
A traumatic experience might weaken someone, while an other person grows stronger as a result of the input. It's all individial.
But hey, I'm no pro. It's just my perception.