Apr 18 2013
Character is oftentimes confused with personality, presumably because both character and personality are reflected in a person’s behavior. Someone who has a tendency to respond angrily to stimuli can be said to have an irritable personality as well as bad character. But there is a difference. Personality is something that, from what I understand, does not change much over the course of a lifetime. There are certain qualities we see in children–mental patterns that underlie certain behaviors but do not always dictate them–that continue on into adulthood. These patterns, taken together, constitute personality.
Character, however, is something that is far more alterable. It is something to be “built,” something that can mature over time with work. For this reason, it is common for people to be described as having “good” or “bad” character, but not a “good” or “bad” personality.
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