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Personality and Character~

12 Apr

In Ehrenreich’s “Bright sided” motivational speakers have found a way to enter into the minds of people and elude them into thinking that there is a positive outlook on life especially the economical side to it even when crisis is at brink. For this reason their personality has to change, instead of insisting on having negativity in the workplace they’re required to present a double side to them and show a more “upbeat” persona. Therefore their true character is not fully exposed in this certain environment. Speakers like Osteen even suggest to “fake it” at the workplace.Although, not everyone agrees with this perspective people like Steve Eisman whom was pressured to be a more upbeat person and upbeat was not his style so therefore he rated certain companies as “sell” because that is what he truly believed. Finding people who won’t succumb to the trickery that speakers and bosses have evidently forced them to endure is unfortunately  not as common as one would think because their alternative is getting fired or even worse loosing hope.

With these kind of motivational speakers their words have become the downright definition of manipulation. Positive thinkers are being fooled by these ideas that supposedly “God caused the bank to ignore my credit score and bless me with my first house.” In what world are we living in where our minds can easily be manipulated into thinking we need something when in reality we don’t and not only will it be harmful for us but for the entire economy if everybody else is following our footsteps I think thats exactly what Ehrenreich is trying to express in this chapter. “American optimism carries over into our economy, which is one reason why we’ve always been a nation of inventors and thinkers, of innovators and experimenters…Optimism also explains why we spend so much and save so little.… Our willingness to go deep into debt and keep spending is intimately related to our optimism.”


Personality and Character

12 Apr

To be able to pick out the character and personality traits of Malcolm X in the piece “Saved”, one must fully grasp the meaning behind both. In my opinion, character is a collection of traits that define individual people. These traits are molded into people from the very beginning of their lives and shaped by the influences of their respective environments. On the other hand, personality defines the way that someone acts and the motivation behind their behavior. One of the most important aspects to understanding the difference between the two terms is that character is objective as for personality that is subjective or the mask that covers a persons character.

For Malcolm X, growing up in Omaha, Nebraska established a struggle for him to find the balance between character and personality. He was split from his family and experienced societal racial problems at a young age, which resulted in his environment shaping his character. When he moved to New York City, he found himself in an a unfortunate position of hitting the low points in his life, this was his mask, his personality. In every part of Malcolm’s life, his personality was always shifting whether it was at his low points selling drugs and in prison or when he was at his high points in the National Islam group and later on forming his own religious group, it was a continual change. As for his character, the horrible racial difficulties that he experienced in his past are always present. “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.” His character is defined by the experiences of his past.

Personality & Character (Saudia Yunus)

11 Apr

One reading in which I found a conflicting sense of personality vs. character is Malcolm X’s piece, “Saved.” As we discussed in lecture and discussion, personality and character have distinct meanings. While personality is the way a person presents themselves to others (what they say, how they act), a person’s character is their “core” or “true self.” A person’s character reflects whom he/she is when they are by themselves. (Ultimately having no one to put on a show for or please with certain personality attributes.)

Malcolm X was initially perceived as a street hustler, up to no good. This criminalized image can be associated with his personality. However, we see that religion plays a big role in the change of his character and self-image. With the new way of life he was pursing through the teachings of Muhammad, he turned his inner core into an educated, focused being. His time of imprisonment no longer defined him because he transcended his personality traits into a stronger stabilized character. It was almost as if his personality led him astray into aimless wandering, but when he changed his ways and outlook on life; he was able to find an autonomous purpose.

“The hardest test I ever faced in my life was praying. You understand. My comprehending, my believing the teachings of Mr. Muhammad had only required my mind’s saying to me, “That’s right!” or “I never thought of that.” But bending m kneed to pray–that act–well, that took me a week.” Building character is not as easy as just performing an action, it is the mental and heartfelt effort behind the actions that keep a person’s core steady and stable.

Personality and Character – Ragged Dick (Vanessa Gonzalez)

11 Apr

Horatio Alger narrates the story of a young boy who finds himself stuck in poverty  as a homeless bootblack on the streets of New York. Ragged Dick seeks a higher status, constantly reminding himself that “There ain’t no reason why I [Dick] shouldn’t live ‘spectable [respectable]”, finally reaching a clerk’s position in a counting house. His new job and clothes provided by Mr. Rockwell, allows Dick to transfer, in terms of social status and profession, from poverty to the middle class. Dick displays his character through this transition by working hard, saving what he earns, putting together pieces of an education, and being extremely honest.

Simultaneously, changes in dress and manner, particularly proper speech, also play a large role on the evolution of Dick’s personality. While this “ignorant bootblack” would not have had an opportunity to work at the counting-house without the offer of an interview from Mr. Rockwell, his successful performance in that meeting is due to his own regimen of skills building and attitude transformation: a personality change. Ragged Dick displays a change of his social identity when his potential new boss asks him his name and Dick replies “Richard Hunter, Esq.”

Dick accomplishes a move from his original social class to the next one higher by manipulating his environment, and adopting a series of qualities based on education, appearance, and protocols. Nevertheless, Dick’s genuine identity, kindness, compassion, honesty, ambition, and tenacity are a strong foundation of his success.

Personality and Character (maria ayala)

11 Apr

Although it may seem as if ones charatcer, and ones personality are one in the same they are in fact different. Character is more about moral and ethical qualities that are not always shown, while ones personality consists of certain aspects of ourselves and our characteristics that we choose to show to others.

In Ragged Dick by Horation Algers, Dick is a poor young boy who lives on the streets. In most cases, a homeless boy wouldn’t be likely to have a very successful future, but because of his character AND his personality he went from rags to riches. In the novel it says “He was above doing anything mean or dishonorable. He would not steal or cheat, or impose upon younger boys, but was frank and straight forward, manly, and self-reliant. His nature was a noble one and had saved him from all mean faults.” Even though Dick is poor he still maintains strong moral and ethical values and refuses to ever steal and this morality shines through because of his actions and his charming personality. He uses this likeable personality to get himself ahead and later on get himself wealthy and off the streets.

Character And Personality

11 Apr

Horatio Alger’s interpretation of the main character in his book, Ragged Dick, is simply a unique combination of personality and character that makes him into the charming, tough, and well-meaning gentleman he appears to be to the reader. Character is who a person truly is, no matter who may be around, and personality is how that person would be perceived by others. Dick’s character is honest, true, and hard-working, while his personality may come off as conniving, difficult or slick– be it in positive or negative ways.

At one point, as the main character is introduced to the reader, Dick exclaims, “Oh, I’m a rough customer!” However, soon after, our hero carries on with “But I wouldn’t steal. It’s mean.”

This is a perfect example of how personality and character are much different from each other. The fact that Dick could see, himself, that store-owners and such would perceive him as a difficult customer, tells the reader about his personality– what exactly he rubs off onto others, and how he can be rough around the edges every now and then. On the other hand, his true, good-natured character shines through when he later states that he wouldn’t take from others what didn’t belong to him.

Blog assignment 5- Diana N.

11 Apr

In the Article “Saved” by Malcolm X, one sees how personality and character are perceived in his story.  There is a true difference between the two because of the way Malcolm was seen to be by others and what he believed he was.  We know that personality is what other people see you as, who you are in your surroundings, while personalities can always change, your character doesn’t.  Character is something within you, something consistent that never changes just builds and builds into something stronger.

In “Saved” , Malcolm was seen as a black criminal, and emphasis on ‘black’.  A criminal with no education and low class, but he believed himself to be something more than what he was, and his letters to Muhammad while in prison encouraged and inspired him to be stronger and believe that he can be saved and god will forgive him.  He believed in the power of education and that’s what saved him.  Malcolm expresses his freedom in life, ”  Between Mr. Muhammad’s teachings, my correspondence, my visitors and my reading of books, months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned.  In fact, up to then, i never had been so truly free in life” (47).  With his new freedom of life, he becomes a historical figure for black society, which made him be viewed differently.   In all Malcolm never changed, he just got stronger and wiser; that’s his character.