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Psychology, personality.  ---  .This section is about various other thoughts on personality.  Topics include: ( ) Development of personality.  ---  1/24/2006

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Aesthetics reflect personality.  (2) Behavior reflects personality.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Attitudes: concerning metaphysics, epistemology, ethical, aesthetics.  (2) Behavior: most frequent types, how done.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) How does personality change through the life cycle?  (2) Can you define personality as the traits that do not change throughout a person's life cycle?  (3) How aware can you be of your personality tendencies?  How can you change them?  ---  5/31/2005

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) If one's personality is the sum of one's attitudes then as attitudes change so personality changes.  (2) If one's attitudes are the result of one's personality then if personality is constant then attitudes should remain constant.  (3) Yet, the situation is that people's attitudes change and their personality remains constant.  This would indicate attitude and personality are seperate.  ---  9/28/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Intelligence quotient.  (2) Character quotient.  Ethical, industriousness, bravery, etc.  Are you 1 in 10; 100; 1000; 1 million; 1 billion?  ---  06/10/1994

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) One personality in two bodies.  For example, identical twins?  Not exactly.  (2) Two personalities in one body.  For example, Jekyll and Hyde?  Not exactly.  (3) Neither of the above is really possible.  ---  5/27/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Smart, uncool, asskissing, wimpy, faggot, late maturing, weak willed nerds.  Vs.  (2) Cool, independent, brave, strong willed, early maturing, dumb, heads.  ---  06/17/1994

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Some people think that not having a strong sense of self means being at risk of being controlled by others (ex. cult members).  (2) Some people think that having no personality means being a bore.  ---  5/25/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Sometimes we use one word to describe a person's personality.  We describe a person: (A) by their best trait, or (B) by their worst trait, or (C) by their most unique trait which sets them apart from other people, or (D) by their most predominant trait which they display most often.  (2) Sometimes we describe a person by making a list of all the personality traits that a person displays.  ---  10/1/2000

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Stable personality: (A) Always the same.  (B) Always changing.  (2) Erratic personality: constantly, quickly changing emotions, thoughts and attitudes.  ---  5/29/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Static definition of personality: Personality is the sum of the mental capabilities of a person at any given time.  (2) Dynamic definition of personality: Over time, some mental traits change and other mental traits do not change.  The mental traits that do not change are called personality.  The mental traits that change are called what?  There should be a name for that part of your mind that changes and develops.  ---  6/6/2005

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Strong sense of self (three definitions):  (A) Big ego.  (B) Selfish.  (C) Principled.  (2) Weak sense of self (three definitions): (A) Small ego.  (B) Unselfish.  (C) Unprincipled.  ---  5/29/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  (1) Where is the ego when one is in a "flow" state?  The ego seems to disappear in a "flow" state.  Thus flow is very Zen-like.  (2) What is the link between concentration or focus and flow or Zen?  ---  11/15/2000

Psychology, personality.  ---  Animals and personality.  (1) Some people say it is a mistake to attribute human characteristics to animals, and they call this mistake "the anthropomorphic fallacy".  (2) Do we think it is equally wrong to attribute animal characteristics to humans?  What do we call this fallacy?  The animorphic fallacy?  (3) However, I do not think either of these so called fallacies are entirely credible.  Are not humans and the other beasts all animals?  Biologically, yes.  And humans and the other animals share characteristics and have traits in common.  The other animals have some human characteristics.  Humans have some characteristics of the other animals.  We shall see.  ---  10/5/2000

Psychology, personality.  ---  Animals and personality.  Sometimes we categorize people's personalities based on the animal that they most resemble.  For example, horse, fox, lion, bear, cheetah, pig, cat, dog, sheep, wolf.  And its important to note that we often say that people resemble these animals not so much in physical attributes, but rather in psychological characteristics.  It is not just the physical characteristics of animals that we are saying are similar to humans; it is the psychological characteristics of animals that we are comparing to humans.  (2) Do animals have personalities?  I say yes.  Animals have memory, emotion and thought, so why shouldn't animals have personalities?  Or should we say "animalities".  ---  12/30/2000

Psychology, personality.  ---  Are there personality traits that are not simply emotional moods, reoccurring thoughts, or persistent behaviors?  Is there such a thing as personality traits or types as distinct from the above?  If not, then there is no such thing as personality traits and types, and perhaps there may not be such a thing as personality itself.  ---  4/5/2000

Psychology, personality.  ---  Big question.  In x situation, what attitudes and behaviors should be considered what personality trait and why?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Can one's core personality change?  If so, can we consciously and actively effect that change?  ---  5/27/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  Character is most important.  Reflected in "style" of doing things.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Character, definitions of.  (1) Personality (what is her character).  (2) Integrity (she has a lot of character).  (3) Uniqueness (she is a character).  ---  06/30/1993

Psychology, personality.  ---  Character, definitions.  (1) Character as unique personality.  (2) Character as noble.  (3) Character as strong personality.  (A) Strong as opposed to mild or not making an impression.  (B) Unvarying whether good or bad.  (4) Character as good personality.  (5) Lack of character: wimp, amorphous.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Criticism: Analysis and Judgment.  (1) Of person.  (A) Psychological: intelligence, aptitudes, pathological psychology (neurosis).  (B) Physical: age, sex.  (2) Of their life: actions, experiences, situations and environments.  (A) History: environments, events and experiences.  (B) Education: schooling, knowledge vs. ignorance.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Criticism.  Analysis.  Observe behavior.  Observe attitudes.  See how physical and social affect psychology.  Analyze mental elements: strengths and weaknesses.  Note any pathological psychology.  Figure out how to solve problems, and improve sub-optimal.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Criticism.  Analysis.  What do they think about?  How do they think?  How much do they think, and how well?  What is their metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics system?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Criticism.  Judge.  Traits as strength or weakness: objective and subjective views.  Depends what situation calls for.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Criticism.  Judging personality traits.  Objective values.  Subjective values of individual and society.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Culture shapes personality (nurture) vs. genes shape personality (nature).  It is probably 50/50.  ---  6/30/1999

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  (1) Age.  (2) Sex.  (3) Childhood experiences.  (4) Physical capabilities, psychological capabilities.  (5) Environment, experiences.  (6) Things learned: true vs. false.  Found vs. figured.  (7) Attitudes.  (8) Biochemistry, body shape and size, beauty.  (9) Social reactions, wealth, status.  (10) Environment influence: social environment, natural environment, manmade environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  (1) Society: indirect social.  (2) Family: direct social.  (3) Peers: direct social.  Who you meet, and who you befriend.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  (1) Things that can go right: Good concepts.  Good organization of concepts.  Good logic to manipulate concepts.  Knowledge of important truths early.  Growth, fast, far.  (2) Things that can go wrong: Stupid.  Lazy.  Important knowledge delayed, or never comes, or is lost.  Big lies.  Much unimportant knowledge.  Psychological injury done.  Repression.  Dogmatism.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Change and development of all aspects of personality through time, and through space (environment).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Change: area, speed, amount.  Forces that cause change.  How to improve your personality.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Change.  Better or worse.  Evolution, stagnation, devolution.  Growth, stagnation, decay.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Change.  How does it occur?  Can we control it, or should we?  How, to what, how fast?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  How does personality form or develop.  What causes it?  Shaping factors.  Genetics vs. environment.  Nature vs. nurture.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  How to improve and optimize personality?  Best and worst techniques.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Personality traits.  Developed naturally vs. consciously tried to change (how successfully?).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Physical body: genetic component, developed component.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Self change is tough because (1) It is tough to break habits.  (2) Don't know how or which way to change.  (3) Fear death of old self: good and bad points.  (4) Techniques to change: self help, help from others.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Short term change vs. long term change.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Traits, which to gain, which to lose.  How to do so.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Two views: (1) As individuals we are changing in both degree (growth and decay) and kind.  Therefore the type of person you are attracted to at age 20, 30, and 40 will all be different. vs.  (2) We have enduring personality traits, character, and philosophical views that will be attracted to similar types of people are whole lives through.  (3) How can one tell what will change and what will endure?  ---  07/30/1996

Psychology, personality.  ---  Development.  Why people do not want to change, i.e. being stubborn and rigid.  (1) They are control freaks.  (2) They believe that to change is to submit.  (3) They believe that to change is to lose.  ---  4/15/1998

Psychology, personality.  ---  Different societies and individuals view different personality traits differently.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Given x personality type in y situation and z event occurs, what will their behavior be?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  How important is personality?  How important is self?  Some people think that personality and self are the central, defining concepts of psychology.  I don't think so.  I am much more interested in what you think and how you feel.  That is, what are your attitudes?  ---  5/25/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  Ideal approach.  The optimum personality, what is it?  Succeeds in society?  Money and stuff, status, power?  Ethically superb?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Ideal personality is the mental part of an ideal person.  Ethical, honest, wise, smart, healthy, etc.  Development of all one's abilities.  ---  5/15/2001

Psychology, personality.  ---  Is the personality the same as the self?  If so, then combine the "personality" and "self" sections.  ---  6/29/2001

Psychology, personality.  ---  It is much more important to have a strong sense of purpose than to have a strong sense of self.  ---  5/25/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  Me.  How to develop it.  How to maintain and defend it against crap from work, girlfriend.  Think about it, write it down, study it, practice it.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Mild and strong personalities.  Some are easy to be around yet boring.  Some are tough to be around, yet you miss them when gone.  The lively and the dead.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Outside factors existing in relationship with personality: environment, stress, mistakes, success and failure.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  People develop entertaining "characters" that consist of voice, vocabulary, attitude, facial expressions.  Then people slip in and out of characters in the course of conversation.  People even slip in and out of characters in the course of thinking to themselves.  What is the phenomenon of characters all about?  If your personality consists of a series of characters then who are you?  Is it possible that an ego that is too weak is as bad as an ego that is too strong?  ---  4/25/2006

Psychology, personality.  ---  Personality is the sum of attitudes.  Attitudes are the sum of memory, drive, emotion, and thinking.  ---  10/25/1997

Psychology, personality.  ---  Personality types, social aspects.  (1) Uni-dimensional.  (2) Good old reliable x.  (3) Stable vs. unstable.  (4) Different person everytime you meet them.  (5) Different person with everyone they meet.  (6) Multi-faceted.  (7) Multi-interested.  (8) Multi-mooded type and degree.  (9) Shallow vs. deep.  (10) Posers.  Bluffers.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Problems approach.  (1) Things that can go right.  Knowledge: much, soon.  (2) Things that can go wrong.  Repression and neurosis.  Knowledge: little, late.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Problems.  Too introverted: oblivious of surroundings.  Too extroverted: oblivious of psychological interior.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Problems.  Too much id: compulsion, addiction, emotional explosions.  Too much super ego: blind obedience, fear of punishment, following crap orders.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Questions about personality.  (1) Is there such as thing as a person (referring to psychology, the self and personal identity.  Not the physical body)?  (A) Some people say no.  We are all part of a big thing.  (B) Some say yes.  Based on memory.  Based on brain structure and function.  (2) Is there such a thing as personality?  (A) Some say no.  The self is mutable, malleable and change-able.  (B) Some say yes.  There is a constant self.  (3) Do people really change?  (A) Some say yes.  (B) Some say no.  (4) If people can change, then what causes change?  (A) Biochemistry of aging.  (B) Experience, rational knowledge, emotional knowledge.  (5) Can real, lasting change be consciously and intentionally caused?  How?  ---  4/10/2000

Psychology, personality.  ---  Radical sudden change in personality.  People who "flip" to the other side.  Conversions.  What causes this phenomenon?  They feel alone, adrift and discontent.  The other side starts to make sense and look good.  ---  7/24/1998

Psychology, personality.  ---  Spectrum of people: big picture vs. narrow minded, anal, detail oriented people.  Is there an even distribution or percentage of people all the way down the spectrum?  Or is it a bell curve?  What happens when a big picture person meets a detail person?  Opposites don't always attract.  What do they hate in each other?  Who is superior?  Do we need both?  ---  06/20/1994

Psychology, personality.  ---  Technique.  Discover your personality pre-dispositions.  Especially in the areas of drive, memory, emotion, knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.  Know your personality strengths and weaknesses.  Work on your weaknesses.  ---  1/25/1998

Psychology, personality.  ---  Techniques.  Never be smug.  Things can always go wrong.  Someone's always ahead of you.  You can slow, stagnate, or decay.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Techs.  Can personality be changed?  How much and how fast?  Can you change your personality yourself?  How?  By changing thoughts and environment?  Thoughts: reactions, goals.  Environment: (A) People you meet and hang with, (B) Media: what you read, (C) Where you live.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Techs.  What are the causes and cures of poor traits?  How to develop highest degree of positive traits?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  The diversity of human personalities expand to fill every niche.  If you can imagine a personality, then it probably exists.  Plus some personalities you can't imagine.  They are all out there.  But its a bell curve.  Most of the people are near the average center.  The curve is three dimensional, like a hemisphere.  A disk with a bulge in the middle, like a pool cover.  ---  9/21/1999

Psychology, personality.  ---  The experience of war, poverty, death, life threatening danger, physical struggle against nature, independence from others and dependence on self alone, deprivation (monetary, emotional, etc.) can (may) have profound affects on (1) What you think life is like, (2) How you think you should live your life.  This goes beyond seriousness and foolishness, industriousness and laziness.  It causes a change in your concepts of (1) Metaphysical views of what is and why, and (2) Ethical views of what is important and why.  Experiencing the above things does not guarantee character.  Not experiencing the above things does not guarantee no character.  And we should not pursue poverty, war, and death in order to gain character.  Yet something is lacking in comfort.  ---  09/10/1993

Psychology, personality.  ---  There is no such thing as personality, only recurring patterns and associations of sense, memory, drive, emotion and thought.  Thus there is no "self" beyond the above.  Thus, you are no one.  And we should not even use the term "personality".  ---  12/20/1998

Psychology, personality.  ---  Topics.  (1) Biochemistry of personality.  (2) Animal species that have personalities.  (3) How early in life do children begin to show distinct personalities?  ---  5/27/2002

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  Analysis and judgment.  Causes and effects.  Structures.  Mechanisms.  Attitudes: philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetic views) and emotion complex.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  Defining characteristics.  How they usually develop?  Strengths and weaknesses.  Get their strengths and avoid their weaknesses.  Mind of x personality types.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  Demographics.  What are the statistics on numbers of personality types.  (Example, psycho killers, religious fanatics, moral-less shark competitors, specialized techno-nerds, wise philosopher generalists, etc).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  For all types and traits.  Causes: biochemical, experience.  Mechanisms.  Effects.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  How important is a trait?  What is its optimal state?  Problems that can go wrong with it.  ---  06/30/1993

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  Interests and values of each personality type.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  Questions for each type or trait.  (1) What is the x type lifestyle like?  (2) What is the x type experience like?  (3) What is the environment like, how does it affect them?  (4) What happens to them?  (5) What do they do?  (6) How do they experience it?  (7) What things cause x type to develop?  (8) What are the problems and opportunities an x type experiences?  (9) What are strengths and weaknesses of the x type experience?  (10) What the strengths and weaknesses of x types?  (11) What causes a person to be interested in either studying x type or becoming an x type (consciously develop thoughts)?  (12) Non x type experience of the x type experience.  (13) X type experience of the x type experience.  (4) How does the x type mind work.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  Types = dominant trait (?).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  Ways to classify personalities.  People types, behavior types, lifestyle types.  Philosophy type, attitude type.  Classification by dynamics.  Classification by job, age, leisure activity, sex, society, geography region, class, status, race, philosophy, religion.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Traits and types.  X type.  (1) Psychological analysis.  (2) Social analysis.  (3) Frequency rates in population.  (4) Typical development of.  (5) Strengths and weaknesses.  (6) Predisposing factors.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  Types of personality.  (1) Narrow personality: limited ideas, limited emotions, limited actions, static, rigid, specialist.  (2) Wide ranging specialist: many ideas, many emotions, many actions, multi-talented, diverse, dynamic, evolving, adaptable, generalist.  ---  5/22/2005

Psychology, personality.  ---  Views of personality.  (1) Personality as sum of habits or behaviors.  (2) Personality as sum of abilities.  (3) Personality as sum of moods or emotions.  (4) Personality as sum of thoughts  ---  5/15/2004

Psychology, personality.  ---  What forms personality?  Nature or nurture?  Child years or adult years?  Individual or society?  Unconscious or conscious?  ---  5/31/2005

Psychology, personality.  ---  Where is the individual's head at, and how did it get there?  ---  11/27/1993

Psychology, personality.  ---  Work and personality.  Very often we categorize people's personalities in terms of the occupation that they resemble.  For example, the lawyer (litigious and argumentative), the judge, the merchant (bargainer, dealmaker), the soldier (warrior), diplomat (tactful), craftsman (workman-like), artist, salesman, scientist, accountant.  (2) Does work shape our personalities?  Or do our personalities shape the jobs we choose?  (3) Do we look at the personalities of children in these terms (i.e., based on work), or do we categorize children's personalities in terms of play and leisure rather than in terms of work?  (4) In the past, before women entered the public workplace, did we categorize women's personalities this way (based on work), or did we categorize women's personalities based on some other set of traits?  ---  10/1/2000

Psychology, personality.  ---  X behavior or philosophy (ex. surf, skate, climb, hitch).  What type of personality does it attract, hold, or let go?  What are the causes and effects of these personality types?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality.  ---  You can be strong in one area but weak in another area: emotion, knowledge, memory, etc.  ---  12/30/1992

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