Personality, like consciousness and everything else we don’t know about how we operate, is rapturously intangible. The fact that we there is still so much stuff that we (as a human populous) can’t comprehend or yet understand just proves that our brains are a great deal more intelligent than us. So, if I am to dichotomise the brain from the person (or identity), then… what qualities define us? The body? The shoes we wear? I guess this is where personality enters the arena, with Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto In G Minor playing dramatically and foreboding in the background.
In class, we prefaced the ordeal of personality with somewhat pseudoscientific approaches (what does your preferred colour of candy say about you, your star sign etc). In doing so, we discussed how feasible the notion is that we as people perpetuate the various traits that make up our personality simply by believing those traits to be part of us in the first place. I.e., I identify myself with Taurus traits because I project them onto myself in the first place, the rising to those expectations. So, what comes first: the chicken or the egg? The subjectively preconceived ideas about ourselves/identity or the chemical disruption in the brain, hereditary or environmentally conjured. But then, as we have also discussed in class regarding nature/nurture – can one really exist independently from the other? This is probably the time to high-five the Buddhists, with their doctrine of mutual interdependence.
We considered the Jim Twins in class, discussing some of their uncanny similarities and the bizarreness of their situation in its entirety. But, of course, of the 7 billion people on the planet, one is bound to find a series of partnerships with bizarre coincidences – if they are indeed that; coincidences. Just like someone with a bizarre disease like Porphyria, the rarity is immense, yet still a great number of people suffer from it. Our currently scientific paradigm and understanding only allows us to create concrete answers out of problems with few variables. Thus, when dealing with a persons individual life, the amount of variables to consider are simply too far beyond us to creative a definitive result. The average person living in *location* will live to the age of 75. The average? But we didn’t want to know the average. I want to know exactly when I’ll hit world-wide fame, when my mind will start deteriorating and the date and time of my inevitable death, thank you very much… what was I talking about again?
It would seem that finding a definitive source and/or process of personality development has a highly unlikely probability. Nevertheless, I am still intrigued to learn and discuss the various theories behind the phenomena of the ego. I think it would be fun to have a discussion, just for the sake of abstract fun, about the purpose of the ego/personality in our survival and our (now) extremely complex ways of interacting with each other (highlighting contentions, maybe?).
Thank you for reading this pile of chain reaction nonsense. Clearly, the topic of personality could be discussed endlessly… I’ll try to have more of a focus next post. Have a fantabulous weekend.