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There’s no better way to dismantle a personality than to isolate it. Diana: In Her Own Words
The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling. Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions
The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself. Paul Cézanne
I don’t know why but you seem to be manifesting personalities that are not your own. Star Trek: Voyager s5e7: Infinite Regress, Doctor to Seven of Nine
Can you really change key aspects of your personality? And why might you want to? Michael Mosley, Horizon: The Truth About Personality, BBC 2013
Attitude is far more important that anyone imagined. ibid.
Where does a tendency towards being optimistic or pessimistic – calm or anxious – come from? ibid.
Our personalities are more malleable than many of us think. ibid.
If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promise of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the ‘creative temperament’ – it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No – Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men. F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient. Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The average personality reshapes frequently, every few years even our bodies undergo a complete overhaul – desirable or not, it is a natural thing that we should change. Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness. Alain de Botton
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence. Henry van Dyke
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Bruce Lee
Humility is no substitute for a good personality. Fran Lebowitz
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is. Mae West
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. Albert Camus
Personality is everything in art and poetry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What’s the matter with this country is the matter with the lot of us individually – our sense of personality is a sense of outrage and we’ll never get outside of it. Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September, 1929
Personality is the knowledge that we are apart from the rest of the universe. Ernest Dimnet
Methods are transient: personality is enduring. Edward Hopper
In man, personality is usually defined with reference to self-consciousness rather than to individuality; but the power of reflection and self-knowledge is linked up, in our type of personality at least, with the new flight of individuality – conscious memory seems necessarily to imply a vast increase of independence, so that it is all one whether we define the possessor of personality as a self-conscious individual, or as an individual whose individuality is more extensive both in space and time than the material substance of his body.
Personality, as we know it, is free compared with the individuality of the lower animals; but it is still weighted down with the body. There may be personalities which have not merely transcended substance, but are rid of it altogether: in all ages the theologian and the mystic have told of such ‘disembodied spirits’, postulated by the one, felt by the other, and now the psychical investigator with his automatic writing and his cross-correspondences is seeking to give us rigorous demonstration of them. If such exist, they crown Life’s progress. Julian Huxley, The Individual in the Animal Kingdom, 1912
For the adult, all the world is a stage and the personality is the mask one wears to play the assigned role. Sam Keen, The Passionate Life, 1983
The note of the perfect personality is not rebellion, but peace. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1895
Personality is that pattern of characteristic thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that distinguishes one person from another and that persists over time and situations. E J Phares & W F Chaplin, Introduction to Personality
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. Carl Gustav Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, 1933
A life-saving organ transplant operation changed one man’s life for ever. But not in a way he was expecting. Like a real life Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde the recipient of a transplanted heart underwent a radical change of personality. Now scientists are forced to ask: could it be possible to transplant the personality and even memories of another human being? Weird or What? s1e3: Chinese Columbus, Discovery 2010
The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you. Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests, Carl Jung, Sky Documentaries 2021
Personality testing is a multi-billion-dollar industry and is growing at least 15% a year. ibid. Ben Dattner, organizational psychologist
Bias can also be encoded in computer programming. With new technologies we’re actually encapturing new forms of discrimination that were not really conceived of when we created the anti-discrimination laws that we have now. ibid. Ifeoma Ajunwa, Cornell University
In the fall of 1977 Billy Milligan committed multiple crimes against women near the Ohio State Campus including the robbery, kidnapping and rape of four women. True Crime Recaps: Billy Milligan Case: 24 Personalities, Not Guilty?! Youtube 8.57, 2022
Billy claimed he was innocent: psychologists discovered he had at least ten personalities living inside his head, and the real culprits were two of those alters. ibid.
Ultimately, a judge believed him: he was the first man in US history to be found not guilty by reason of insanity based on dissociative identity disorder. ibid.