Episode 122: Personality vs. Character

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“Understand that to be creatively maladjusted is to know the vital distinction between personality and character. The word character is from the Old French caractere and means “imprint on the soul.” The etymology of personality suggests veneer and is connected with the Latin word persona, which was a mask worn by actors. Character is revealed when our mask is removed.

It’s easy to tell if you are living from character or personality: If things aren’t going your way, personality pouts while character remains unruffled and learns from the experience. When you are not in psychologically or emotionally safe territory, personality panics. Character, on the other hand, rides the vicissitudes of life with even-mindedness. Personality endeavors to extract happiness from its experiences, whereas character realizes that happiness is an inherent quality of being that infuses experiences with happiness.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Personality vs. Character

“Understand that to be creatively maladjusted is to know the vital distinction between personality and character. The word character is from the Old French caractere and means “imprint on the soul.” The etymology of personality suggests veneer and is connected with the Latin word persona, which was a mask worn by actors. Character is revealed when our mask is removed.

It’s easy to tell if you are living from character or personality: If things aren’t going your way, personality pouts while character remains unruffled and learns from the experience. When you are not in psychologically or emotionally safe territory, personality panics. Character, on the other hand, rides the vicissitudes of life with even-mindedness. Personality endeavors to extract happiness from its experiences, whereas character realizes that happiness is an inherent quality of being that infuses experiences with happiness.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

Personality vs. Character. What a powerful distinction.

From where are you living? :)