So the first thread on this "Let's Talk" series (I'm turning this into a series, yes) was about being different. This time, since the first thread got almost no feedback or attention, I decided it was perfect to write another. (since I know secretly you all love these things, you just never tell me.)
So here we go - tonight's topic for the Let's Talk series is....Personality.
First off, as will the trend be, I will start off with a definition, followed by a few more definitions of words used in describing the original word - that way we are all on the same page. After that, it's all just me throwing my thoughts out on a thread and seeing what you guys think. Without further delay...let's dive in.
1.) A person as an embodiment of a collection of qualities:
2.) The quality of being a person; existence as a self-conscious human being; personal identity.
- the state or fact of being embodied.
- - - - - - - - - - To collect into or include in a body; organize; incorporate.
- An essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute.
- conscious of oneself or one's own being.
- The condition of being oneself or itself, and not another.
Alright then, there you have all the technical terms and wording to describe personality, but now let's talk about it. Admit it, you've all said at one point something along the lines of "oh well, his personality isn't really suited for staff" or "I just don't really like his personality".
Somewhere along those lines, you've probably said something like that about someone...but let me stop you for a moment. As described, personality describes the ENTIRE person, as a whole entity. If they show you one part of their personality, such as being rude or unpleasant, does that mean you can judge their entire personality? How many of us will look at this and say something like "Oh but Omega, I don't always act like this" or "Oh well I only do this on the internet. I act differently with my friends" or whatever. According to what I've seen, and what I know, people act differently depending on the situation.
My conclusion is this; we have multiple sides of our personality. This isn't to be mistaken as multiple personalities in one body or entity - but rather multiple qualities within our personality that we show at different times depending on the situation we're in. That being said, people are rather quick to judge a book by not even it's entire cover, but rather just a portion of what they see of a mostly covered book cover.
On another note, that personality can change and you can essnetially "switch out" different qualities, almost like cartridges in a printer, depending on who you hang out with. Obviously, it will only affect you to a degree, but there is definitely a pull to "fit in" (if you will) to the top five people you most often interact and hang out with. To that degree, are you able to change your personality?
Moving on, the most intriguing part of this topic (for me anyways) is that at the end of the day, our perspective on people's "personalities" is very limited to what we experience in-game and through the forums. We *generally* have no idea what they are like in real life, during certain events, other times of the day, etc. It's said to study in the same place you will take a test, because you'll recall information more easily due to familar surroundings. Likewise, you recall how you act more easily in-game because you're surrounded by familar objects and people - but if you go to the supermarket, you might not be screaming at people to get the **** out of your way and how much of a scrub they are because they can't drive a shopping cart properly.
At the end of the day, I think people should take a step back, think for a second, and get to know someone a little more before making an "ultimate judgement call" on them. Sure, people will upset you and whatnot and you're free to make judgement calls and dislike them for it, but why is it necessary to base their entire being's existence on a few bad instances you had with someone? Is it okay to label someone simply because they made you mad a few times?
Leave your thoughts at the bottom - tell me what you think.