What is the difference between personality and character?

asked 10 Oct '09, 16:40

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Yoseph Alene 1

edited 10 Oct '09, 18:25

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Barry Allen ♦♦

The question formulation can induce confuzion. I thing you wanted ask the difference between temperament and character. The concept of "personality" includes the character.

(16 Mar '10, 14:38) Gleam
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From what I gather, your personality is more how you portray yourself to others. In other words, your behaviour at a superficial level for example being amusing or shy. Therefore, personalities are normally quite unique to every individual. They also have a tendency to change more during your lifetime.

Your character is what you really are at a deeper level. This could be the principles by which you live your life, the fact that you are honest or not etc. Your character usually does not change very much from the time you are born.


answered 11 Oct '09, 14:16

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There are schools of thought that say, further, that character endures over multiple lifetimes while personality does not

(11 Oct '09, 14:20) Barry Allen ♦♦

I see character as how you respond to life and personality as one's basic disposition. I think we are born with both and they are intertwined.


answered 10 Oct '09, 18:24

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Personality is the individual expression of who we are,comprising of our individual interests,attitudes, behavioural patterns etc. Character, on the other hand, is developed through our life experiences and what we learn or don't learn on the journey - determining whether we develop a strong character or a weak one.


answered 16 Mar '10, 13:06

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