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 P - Personality


Personality: The public character a human person plays.

This conforms to the original meaning of "persona", which is mask. There are here a few concepts to be distinguished:

Person         - a human being capable of playing roles in a society.
- The public character a human person plays.
         - what a person believes the person is.
           - what a person is.

When the person is adult and the playing is social, most of the personality or character tends to be pretense.


See also: Character, Ego, Person, Personalism, Self


Burckhardt, Gerth & Mills, Goffman

 Original: Oct 14, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top