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InvisibleRebelSteve33
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People Collect Personalities.
    #1286703 - 02/06/03 08:47 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Yes folks, it's true.

We, referring to those readers who belong to the human race (you know who you are), are nothing but personality collectors!

:shocked:

Premise 1:

Everyone you interract with has some sort of impact on your personality, and our personalities are completely created by other people.

Premise 2:

We want to make our personalities the best they can be. 

Conclusion, based on Premise 1 and Premise 2:

In order to make our personality better, which Premise 2 states is true; we need to continually add to it.  The only way to do this, as Premise 1 states, is by interracting with others.  Thus, the people we choose to be close friends with are nothing but victims in our endless hunt for other personalities that we think would add to our own.

Example:

A few summers ago, I attended a summer camp dealing with conservation and sustainablitity of the Earth's resources.  I met a girl there who I instantly, for lack of a better word, "clicked" with.  We spent most of the 2 weeks at camp hanging out with each other, cracking each other up and having an overall great time together.

After camp ended we kept in contact for over 2 years, and I even took a bus trip across the state to visit her!  After a while, though, we slowly drifted apart from each other. 

I think we had both found a personality in each other that we really wanted to be around so that it would become incorporated into our own personalities and add to them.  We were both on a personality hunt, and we both found what we were looking for!  After a while, though, we no longer needed each others' personalities, as they had both been fully assimilated; and thus we fell out of contact.

So, you guys dig?

Hope I explained that okay.  I'm working on my "conveying my thoughts with words" skills.  :smile:

-RebelSteve 


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1286720 - 02/06/03 08:51 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I totally dig it man. I notice that I always pick up maneurisms of those I'm kicken it with. Any new friends that I end up spending a lot of time with I end up thinking about their personalities a lot. I also notice that not only do I start to pick up things that my friends do, but they pick up on things I do to. It's intense. I never thought of it the way you just put it though.


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1286728 - 02/06/03 08:55 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

What is the difference between what you are saying now and this post from a couple of days ago?

http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=Forum11&Number=1274830&page=3&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1

They seem like the same concept to me. I agree with the concept.

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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1286735 - 02/06/03 08:58 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I dig, but I also think that personality can grow without outside interaction. I think the healthy way to live is a mix of personal advancement and interaction with others.  :smile:


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1286798 - 02/06/03 09:10 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Everyone you interract with has some sort of impact on your personality, and our personalities are completely created by other people.

I have often thought about this. I know some other facts that coinicide with that idea. Like - apparently one of the ways we feel empathy is by subconsciously copying people's facial expressions - by making the face, your movements send signals to appropriate parts of the brain and you actually feel what the other person is feeling. You also copy people's voices and their gestures and expressions etc more the more you like the person. In experiments on mood they actually get people to make sad or happy faces to induce mood.
Interestingly in stroke patients Drs etc sometimes move around limbs that have lost movement for the patient in order to trigger the part of the brain involved back into action again. I was talking to this guy about a book he read on 'how to be happy in 8 minutes" and it said you should make a happy face, pressure the front of the roof of your mouth with your tongue and tap on your sternum (releases 't-cells') Try doing this all at once...I am getting way off track now.


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: Joshua]
    #1287820 - 02/07/03 08:11 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Although those two posts do deal with the same concept, this post takes it a bit further. I'm saying that instead of random people simply affecting our personalities without us having any say in the matter at all, we actually actively seek personalities to add to our own and make friends with the personalities that we think would make our own better.

BTW, I'm glad that you've been posting in this forum more often, Joshua! You are one of the most intelligent folks on these boards, and your contributions definitely add a lot to this place. I hope you have time to hang out here more often!

-RebelSteve


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: trendal]
    #1287850 - 02/07/03 08:17 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I dig, but I also think that personality can grow without outside interaction. I think the healthy way to live is a mix of personal advancement and interaction with others.

You're unequivocally correct, trendal! I think the part of the personality that grows without outside interraction is the part where originality comes from, which I talked about in my other post. In my opinion, too many people neglect this aspect of themselves. They spend too much time wired into external sources of entertainment and do not spend enough time nurturing the internal.

A good balance between the two is definitely the healthy way to live! I'm really glad you have been posting here more often too, trendal. I've really liked a lot of things you've had to say!

-RebelSteve


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: the universe]
    #1288031 - 02/07/03 09:21 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I totally dig it man. I notice that I always pick up maneurisms of those I'm kicken it with. Any new friends that I end up spending a lot of time with I end up thinking about their personalities a lot. I also notice that not only do I start to pick up things that my friends do, but they pick up on things I do to. It's intense. I never thought of it the way you just put it though.

SAME HERE!  :shocked:


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1288128 - 02/07/03 09:57 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I agree with you.



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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1288510 - 02/07/03 12:32 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

"Everyone you interract with has some sort of impact on your personality, and our personalities are completely created by other people."

I don't know about that..... Who decides which parts of who's personalities we do what with??

Everybody's personality is their own configuration of the collective pool. Many people throw in their own original things, it would seem: Otherwise, there would only have ever been one type of personality and everybody would act the same.

It seems to me that we all have our own personality - it is simply distorted by everybody else's and the fact that we have to communicate and "connect" with other people - in order to really connect with people well, you kind of have to tap into their personality and share their vibe.. Rarely do our true pure personalities come through, and I'm afraid it will only get worse with the media somehow STILL growing and assimilating millions of kids every day.

lol sorry to argue your point again.. :smile: Peace man


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: enotake2]
    #1288768 - 02/07/03 01:56 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Given that you subconsciously copy people's facial expressions, it is interesting that people who are married grow to look like each other over the years. Maybe they form wrinkles in the same places etc

Strumpling - maybe people who watch television pick up the personalities of people on television.

I was thinking that emotions determine how your personality is expressed - eg. being happy makes you more carefree and spontaneous and being depressed makes you more negative and irritable. You might get depressed from one off interactions with persons Eg. failing at a series of job interviews, which could hardly be due to picking up the personality of the interviewers as you only interacted with them once. But then the depression can be because of picking up other peoples attribution styles ie people from your past- attributions of personal fault - permanence - things wont change, etc.
I think your perception ofother people's personality styles will necessarily determine what aspects of their personality you pick up (because poeple see different traits differently eg. gregarious could be seen as loud and obnoxious by someone else) though maybe those judgements are molded by your interactions too. I think social interation definately shapes you to some degree. Though if you believe in free will, there has got to be some room for creativity/originality and self determination also.


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Computer games don't affect kids. I mean if Pacman affected our generation as kids, we'd all be running around in a darkened room, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

"Being bitter and hateful is like drinking a vial of poison and hoping the other person gets sick" FreakQLibrium

"My motto from here on out is: If someone or something (including me) in my life is conducting themselves in such a way that they can be seen on Jerry Springer, it's time to take out the garbage!!! When you stop taking their behaviour personally and see their antics as a true reflection on their character, it becomes absolutely nauseating." Anon. on abusive relationships.


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Re: People Collect Personalities. [Re: enotake2]
    #1289065 - 02/07/03 03:55 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

"Strumpling - maybe people who watch television pick up the personalities of people on television."

That's right - their own personal personality (hehe that sounds weird.. "personal personality") gets altered by everybody else's.

What I mean is that your personality is mostly yours; its also crowded with other people who have "rubbed off" on you as well, though, partially sheilding parts of your self-programmed personality.


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