Personality

Personality

When we have a sense of self that allows us to interact appropriate with the world and other people we have a functional personality. Some forms of mental illness can skew the thought process so it interferes with how we deal with others. People with personality disorders may abuse drugs, may have lots of ups and downs in relationships, may have trouble making friends, may be isolated. There are many different kinds of disorders, but its important to know that it is possible to overcome them.

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    A , Psychology, answered
    This exercise will help you connect with what is most unique about you. Many times the most powerful and compelling expression of this comes from bringing out into the open something you have been ashamed of.
    1. Imagine you had an empty room in your home to decorate. What would give that room the most energy? What would you secretly desire to be the main theme of the room? What would you be most afraid to have in the room?
    2. Use your answers to the question above to select a theme that is important to you but that you are not fully expressing in your life right now.
    3. Ask yourself how you can make this personal quality or theme a bigger part of your life. Take action to bring more of this quality or theme into your life.
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    A , Geriatric Medicine, answered

    Schnittker and McLeod (2005) recognize that specific personality traits such as optimism and lack of hostility can help impede the progression of disease and can even help increase the life expectancy of an individual. Additionally, the MacArthur study suggests that those who possess a “self-efficacy” quality will also age better because they have a more optimistic outlook on overall aging process (Williams & Kemper, 2010).

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    Fives live in their heads and would prefer if you didn't bother them there, thank you very much. For the most part, Fives are curious, open-minded, and intellectual. They're not all smart, but they all like to think about things-much more than they like to do anything. Fives feel most at home in the world of ideas and abstractions.

    They love to watch. They observe what's going on around them, taking in every detail but often failing to engage themselves. A bit aloof, rather cool and reserved, Fives prefer to remain detached in most situations. Privacy is paramount. Fives don't like feeling encroached upon emotionally or physically. Even moderate proximity can be perceived as intrusive. They don't like too much attention on themselves and have a hard time expressing their feelings.

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    Consciousness is a state of being in which one is alert, awake and aware of his or her self, relationships, environment, and sense of purpose in the world.

    Consciousness can also pertain to its cousin, conscientious, meaning done according to conscience. When we are attuned to making selfless contributions for being self-knowledgeable, we elevate our consciousness by fulfilling our unique mission: to live to love.  

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    A , Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
    Simply put, yes, but this is a surprising idea because it runs counter to a lifelong behavior. For all of us, life has been lived one choice at a time. The external world is like a huge bazaar offering a dazzling array of possibilities; everyone shops the bazaar, seizing what is best for them and theirs. Most people know themselves by what came home in their shopping bag -- a house, job, spouse, car, children and money. But every time you choose A over B, you are forced to leave some part of the one reality behind. You are defining yourself by selective (and completely arbitrary) preferences.

    The alternative is to stop concentrating on the results and look to the cause. Who is this choice-maker inside you? This voice is a relic of the past, the accumulation of old decisions carrying over beyond their time. Right now you are living under the burden ofyour past self, who is no longer alive. You must protect the thousands of choices that make up this dead self. Yet the choice-maker could live a much freer life. If choices occurred inthe present and were fully appreciated right now, there would be nothing left to hold on to, and then the past couldn't accumulate into a crushing burden.
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    An affirmation is a statement of fact that can make an imprint on the subconscious mind to create a healthy, positive self-image. In addition, affirmations can actually fuel the changes you desire. Here are some guidelines for creating your own affirmations:

    • Always phrase an affirmation in the present tense.
    • Always phrase an affirmation in a positive way and stay tuned to the positive feelings that are generated.
    • Keep the affirmation short and simple but full of feeling.
    • Be creative.
    • Imagine yourself really experiencing what you are affirming.
    • Make the affirmation personal and full of meaning.

    Here are some examples of positive affirmations:

    • I am a whole and complete person.
    • I am in control of my life.
    • I am an open channel of love and joy.
    • I am filled with peace and wisdom.
    • I am good to my body
    • I am growing stronger every day.
    • I am healthier and thinner.

    Using the above guidelines and examples, write down five affirmations regarding eating healthful meals and five affirmations about doing physical activity. State these affirmations aloud for a total of five minutes each day. Choose a location that is comfortable and quiet and a time when you will not be interrupted or disturbed. Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Begin by taking ten deep breaths, inhaling to a count of one, holding for a count of two, and exhaling to a count of four.

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    Research has revealed a number of benefits of self-compassion. Lower levels of anxiety and depression have been observed in people with higher self-compassion, Kristin Neff, associate professor of human development at the University of Texas, Austin says. Self-compassionate people recognize that they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, thereby lowering their anxiety and depression.

    According to Neff, another benefit is greater wisdom and emotional intelligence, suggesting that self-compassion is a wise way to deal with stress and other difficulties in life. Several types of well-being have been documented to be associated with self-compassion, including feelings of social connection and life satisfaction. Some research suggests that self-compassionate people experience more happiness, optimism, curiosity, and positive attitude compared with people who are less self-compassionate.

    In terms of motivation, self-compassionate people have been found to aim just as high as others but with the recognition that they may not always reach their goals. Self-compassionate people display less self-handicapping behavior, such as procrastination, than those who lack self-compassion. And they are motivated to learn and grow but are not as concerned with performance goals or the desire to enhance self-esteem. "Thus self-compassionate people are motivated to achieve, but for intrinsic reasons, not because they want to garner social approval," Neff asserts.

    Behaviors that foster better health may also be linked to self-compassion, including the motivation to control weight and quit smoking.

    Even interpersonal relationships may benefit from self-compassion. In one study, the partners of self-compassionate people described them as being more emotionally connected, accepting, and supporting of autonomy. They were also described as less detached, controlling, and verbally or physically aggressive than those who were less self-compassionate.
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    A skeptic will protest that just seeing yourself as the creator of your reality doesn't mean you are. But it does. Reality shifts as you do, and when you change your perception of being separate, the one reality responds by shifting with you. The reason everyone doesn't notice this is that the ego-based world with all its demands, pressures, drama, and excesses is highly addictive, and like any addiction it needs a daily fix as well as denial that there is any way out.

    By giving your allegiance to the one reality instead, you won't end the addiction immediately, but you will begin to starve it. Your ego and personality, which give you limited awareness of who you are, will be put on notice that clinging and grasping must come to an end. Your conditioning from the past that told you how to win out over the outside world will no longer help you survive. The support you counted on from external sources such as family, friends, status, possessions, and money will no longer make you feel secure.
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    One looks around and notices many spiritually sincere people whodon't look happy. In some cases their depression is self-inflicted; they feel that God condemns desire, therefore they punishthemselves for having needs, wants, wishes, and dreams. They try toachieve an emotional flatness that barely participates in the world. Other forms of spiritual depression exist because the personbelieves that God wants us to withdraw from life and all itsdisturbances.

    You can find a kind of peace by withdrawing, but it is the ego's peace, born of a decision to avoid all conflict, to renounce angeras bad and unworthy of a spiritual person, to escape all taint of negativity as it exists "out there." You must learn to avoid thesetactics of the ego by seeing that inner peace also extends outward.It comes from embracing creation as divine in every aspect. When you are not afraid of anything, you can unite with it. In union you attain a peace that nothing "out there" can shake.
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    I will see everyone as I see myself.

    This affirmation is about perception. After saying thisaffirmation, ponder it for a moment. People are different in manyways that can't be denied. We look different; we have differenttastes and backgrounds. If you focus on differences, as the egodoes, you can't escape the tendency to feel better or worse thansomeone else. This is the game of comparison, and comparison alwaysleads to judgment. Yet without trying to erase any differences youdon't have to play the game of comparison. Permit everyone to havewhat you have: wholeness. See with the eyes of your true self andknow that if you are complete, everyone else must also be complete.