Imagine you are asked the question: ‘who are you?’ You might answer this by describing the way that you see yourself or you might imagine what others would say about you. The kinds of words you might use may well suggest a particular kind of ‘personality’. Words such as ‘easygoing’ or ‘shy’ or ‘kind’ or even ‘extrovert’ or ‘introvert’ might spring to mind, for example. Yet the concept of a personality is just that: a concept. It is merely a theory to explain the self. Additionally, the ways in which we describe ourselves will change over time, alongside new and varied life experiences.
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