Is Personality Based On How Other People See Us?

In a word…yes.

The word “personality” comes from the Latin word persona. This word refers to the masks actors use in plays. You’ve probably heard the word often – “Her ‘public persona‘ is that of a caring, loving mom” – her “image,” so to speak. It’s how people see her – whether or not they know her personally. So we can understand how “personality” connotes an outward appearance – the public “face” we show everyone.

In that light, we might believe personality is all about our external, observable characteristics. Then we could define personality in terms of our impressions on other people – the person we appear to be.

But, as with anything else…there’s more to it…more under the surface. We’ll keep exploring this fascinating subject, and discover more about this essential part of ourselves.

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