Personality is a much talked about but one of the least comprehensible concepts.
can you people help me understanding the question that when we talk about personality , what actually are we talking about?
12th July 2005 From India, Madras

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In my opinion, personality is an outward exposition of the inner man. Some have said that people can act out personality but not for 24hours non-stop, it sips out somehow. This attribute of man is one of the most challenging to adapt.
13th July 2005
Hello all :)
What I feel :)
Defination of Personality : The complex of all the attributes (behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental) that characterize a unique individual
Personality development starts from Child Birth and continues Life Time*
Key attributes of Personality
Person's Belief
Person's Culture
Person's Knowledge
Person's Education
Person's Biological System
I am not sure to put "Emotion" under attributes.
Key Factors of Personality Development
Religion and Culture
Kind of Education
Attitude is the other factor it is a view of a person towards any event, object or other person, but is is closely related with personality.
* Life Time = Change in Peronality (attitude) happens after some events occur with a person.
13th July 2005 From India, New Delhi

Answer for what is personality?

Personality is the sum total of ways in which an individual reacts and interacts with others. The total personality or 'psyche' as it is called by Jung, consists of a number of differentiated but interacting systems. The principal ones are the:

1. Ego

2. Personal Unconscious

3. Collective Unconscious and its archetypes

In addition to these interdependent systems , there are attitudes of introversion and extraversion, as well as the functions of thinking, feeling, sensing and intuition.

Finally, there is the "self" which is the center of the whole personality


Ego: The ego is the conscious mind. It is made up of conscious perceptions, memories, thoughts and feelings. The ego is responsible for one's feeling of identity and continuity being at the center of consciousness.

Personal Unconscious: It consists of experience that were once conscious but which have been forgotten, suppressed, repressed or ignored, and of experiences that were too weak in the first place to make a conscious impression upon the person.

Collective Experience: The collective conscious is the storehouse of latent memory traces inherited from man's ancestral past. It is almost entirely detached from anything personal in the life of an individual and is seemingly universal. What a person learns as a result of his experience is substantially influenced by the collective unconscious which exercises a guiding or selective influence over the behaviour of the person, from the very beginning of life.

An archetype is a universal thought form which contains a large element of emotion. Archetype itself is a product of racial experience. There are presumed to be numerous archetypes in the collective unconscious.


Jung distinguishes two major attitudes or orientations of personality; the attitude of extraversion and the attitude of introversion. The extraverted attitude orients the person towards the external, objective world; the introverted attitude orients the person towards the inner, subjective world. These two opposing attitudes are both present in the personality, but ordinarily one of them is dominant and conscious while the other is subordinate and unconscious.


There are four fundamental psychological functions: thinking, feeling, sensing and intuiting. Thinking is ideational and intellectual. Feeling is the evaluation function; it is the value of things, whether positive or negative, with reference to the subject. The feeling function gives man his subjective experiences of pleasure and pain, of anger, fear, sorrow, joy and love. Sensing is the perceptual or reality function. It yields concrete facts or representations of the world. Intuition is perception by way of unconscious processes and subliminal contents. The intuitive man goes beyond facts, feelings and ideas in his search for the essence of reality.


The self is the mid-point of personality, around which all of the other systems are constellated. It holds these systems together and provides the personality unity, equilibrium and stability. The self is life's goal, a goal that people constantly strive for but rarely reach. Before the self can emerge it is necessary for the various components of the personality to become fully developed and individuated.



13th July 2005 From India, Hyderabad
well ...
According to me .
Personality is the Overall Impact a person creates on You.
So it becomes a Mix of His/Her Personal Attributes and Your own Perceptions adn Mind Filters.
Each persons Personality is different to each other Person.
We may perceive the Personality of the same person in different ways.
This fact adds to the Complexity of defining Personality as well as using it to measure / evaluate a Person / Individual !!
I would like to know what the other members feel about this Line of Thought (LoT) ....
15th July 2005 From Switzerland, Geneva
I have designed a training module about different personalities and its effects in the organization.
I recommend that you google search "personality compass" and you can learn so much about this topics.
18th March 2008 From Singapore, Singapore
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