Have you ever realized the outstanding difference in appearance and behavior of very young children? At least to adults the attitude of the youngest among our society leaves a rather unpredictable impression. In fact, we would assume that newborns lack experience especially in terms of various social interactions. After all this is a natural procedure. Yet still it is remarkable that the natural habitus of human beings regardless of age exists and maintains with no sort of cultural, social, religious or any other fundamental interaction what so ever. This is what we call temper!


hello dear reader,

this upcoming contribution [CW #3: DISPOSITION] is part of the subcategory called “Question”, which is going to be published in a total of four blog articles. We dedicate our next four weeks to the action of examination regarding personal structures, habits and attitudes, such as temper and character. The latter will be presented today. Carrying on, I am going to lead towards a confrontation regarding personal acquired traits, also known as resources. The goal is to pursue a discussion in which we allow ourselves to contrast our behavior with cultural [CW #4] and social [CW #5] influences. Furthermore the distinction between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation will be demonstrated.

Question means to scrutinize. When we speak about personal growth we are in need of irritation or discrepancy for the purpose of rebuilding new structures. As human beings we refuse to change habits only for the sake of entertainment. Reason and emotion may contradict each other sometimes but they are a requirement, without which development fails to succeed. With this in mind, let us start creating awareness!

Have you ever questioned yourself in terms of your personality? Of course you did, at least to a specific extent, just like me! At this point we are talking about non-self-destructive actions but rather a method of evaluation and analysis. Questioning ones overall appearance is healthy, and surely the first step to self-reflection. Beyond that we enable ourselves to succeed personal growth by naming the current state, breaking it apart, examine all aspects, readjust uncertainties and pulling it back together. Maybe it helps if you think of it as a tool case - your very own case - gathered with tools in form of experiences that establish techniques for accomplishment. Take a look at the visual beneath, it might help create a more practical image.

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To be more precise, in order to make valuable use of certain life adventures we are in need of personal techniques. In science those techniques are called coping strategies. They enable us to manage demands, in a way useful and enriching. Furthermore, by accurate implementation we allow to experience self-efficacy, a state of total accountability, performance and confidence. Truly, there is no Type-A manual for the acquisition of adequate coping strategies. Actually this procedure of development relies on our individual dispositions - that we, in fact, are able to examine, enhance and supervise. Much of it depends on personal intentions and motifs, as well.

To follow through with our very own tool case matter, which we now have stored as a mental image, let us try to have a look inside and identify its elements. The image shows an arrangement of collected tools, as well as various empty slots that still need to be filled. With an appropriate handling and by taking personal traits into account, we create tools via experiences. The sum of tools, marked as adequate coping strategies, then assist in needs for action.

What type of mechanism is there to find inside the case? Probably a question thousands of scientists have already asked! Our tool case symbolizes an integration of all personal resources build upon our individual traits, known as personality. As earlier stated, experiences represent the vivid part. Therefore an integration of dispositions and experiences occurs. It is important to understand that our personality is always build on internal as well as external impacts. It is a duality, combined! If this is a thought that has never stroke your attention - this can be the opportunity! So let us continue by identifying personality.

Personality is a topic with much complexity. For years it has been examined by the disciplines of psychology and philosophy. In general we can state that personality involves individuality. In order to determine personality within the disciples, two main terms are being distinguished, temper versus character. Temper is described as personal reactions and self-regulations. In other words it indicates a specific and individual style of behavioral response, the way a person acts and interacts within social fabrics. Moreover it provides information about the human style of behavior and it includes rather stable properties of personality such as persistence, sensitivity, pace and mood. More likely we are able to observe these attributes - even at a very young age. Whereas one person appears energetic, the other person´s natural mood can be rather melancholic, or indicate a well balanced persistency, or even hold a slow response manner. The variation is as individual as there is human beings on earth.

This is one essence of individuality. Leading to a key question: Is there any social interaction with no sort of outcome?" No, there is not! And this is when the term character comes into account. Character implements personal skills which are being formed over time and influenced by social interaction, you may relate to the term experience. Most important it indicates the requirements of moral behavior such as rules, principles and conventions, that are being created within the social circle of interaction also known as culture.

If you like to spend some thoughts on this matter, try to find out your very own temper. How would you describe yourself: extrovert or introvert, harsh or sensitive, fast or slow, rather melancholic or bright moody? There is an endless list of traits. Write them down, make notes, extend your thoughts and upgrade your list. If you are into, you may also ask close friends as reconciliation. Refuse to totally rely on these notes and rather combine them. Be true to yourself!

Next week we will dive into the topic culture. It is very much of my interest, which is why I am looking forward to exchange my thoughts with YOU! Best wishes to all of you for this new and fresh week!