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What is the difference between character and personality?

What is the difference between character and personality?

Your character is what you logically choose to portray whereas your personality is what you feel and portray. This is a slight but very important difference.

You are conscious of your character but are not conscious of your personality. Usually people need cues from other people to tell them how their personality is being perceived.

For example, when you are telling a joke to entertain a group of people, your character knows that you are telling a joke. The delivery of that joke is tied to your personality. When the group laughs at your joke and tells you how funny you are, they are telling you that they perceive your personality to be funny.

At times, a person can behave in a way that can be considered out of character. This usually happens when your personality impulsively reacts to a situation without thinking of how they are being perceived.

I remember attending an office Christmas party. I was in full work character when my favorite song played. I instinctively started dancing and felt as comfortable as I did at home. As the song ended I looked around to find shocked expressions. For the rest of the evening I heard comments on my dance and on how surprised everyone was by my moves. I had broken character and was not pleased. My at work character and social personality are like night and day.

– Mytika

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