11. Feb, 2021

QUESTION: Is There A Difference Between Personality and Character?

Personality and Character are not the same. They are separate forces that work together to predict a person’s traits and motivation which collectively we call ‘behaviour’.

Personality reveals itself externally, and is how we perform as we deliver our behaviour to the world. For example, an immature, bossy person tends to possess inappropriately managed high emotiveness with high assertiveness.

Character, on the other hand, is internal, and is why we do what we do. The same bossy person may be honest or dishonest but delivers their external behaviour just the same. It is not until their motivation is known that we determine their Character.

In simple terms, if Personality is the engine, Character is the fuel.

Let’s look a little deeper:

*Primary Personality (PP)

Though there may be a degree of genetic inheritance, PP is essentially learned. As pre-school children, our primary influencers ~ including parents, older siblings, and other influential adults ~ ‘teach’ us how to behave. It is this early training that forms our predominant behaviour in later life, and may be defined as: the habitual traits we display most of the time and in most situations, especially when under excess stress.

As adults, PP influences our chosen environment. It influences how we want our time used, and how we arrive at decisions. It influences how we prefer to dress, and how we respond to others. PP is also a strong indicator of the job-paths that will effectively engage or clash with our particular traits. In the absence of traumatic stress, PP remains with us throughout our lifetime.

For example: we describe someone who displays low emotiveness with high assertiveness as a COOL/TELLER. We predict they will prefer a functional environment, and will want their time used effectively. We predict they will arrive at decisions quickly. We predict they prefer to dress appropriately for an occasion, and will greet others ~ especially strangers ~ formally. We predict suitable job-roles include: leadership; trouble-shooting; planning; advocating; and, instruction.

Character (Ch)

Ch is the fuel that drives behaviour, and may be defined as: the reasons behind why someone does something. Ch is the motivation, or values that fuel the delivery of PP. Ch combines six primary values: investigation; financial; aesthetics’; social; political; and, moral code. Each of these values has polar-ends that oscillate as any active motivation becomes satisfied. Ch, therefore, is situational.

For example: the polar-ends of investigation are Thinking and Doing. The former fuels someone to genuinely think about a situation before acting. The latter fuels someone to act before thinking. Depending on any given situation, either response may be beneficial or consequential.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Psychological Maturity (PsM) ~ is the effective application of our interpersonal skills awareness coaching within face-to-face encounters, group or audience presentation’s, and in the written word ~ reports, letters, marketing etc.

In short, our aim is that students of UETP will attract maximum productive attention to Unleash Their True Potential!

*PPs are subdivided with back-up personalities making sixteen in total.


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