You may already have been following the excellent discussion appended to my blog post ‘On personality’. It concerns our ideas and experiences of personality.
Some psychologists, it seems, are happy to devote themselves to the statistical analysis of pre-defined traits such as neuroticism, extraversion and openness to experience. Some, like Freud (and indeed modern cognitive psychologists), recognise the importance of unconscious experience.
Does the concept of personality have room for the idea of a ‘true nature’? Is it a constant entity, or does it change over time?
And then there’s the question of what personality might be for. Does it help us move away from or cope with unpleasure? Or perhaps it’s an evolutionary adaptation with a more basic survival function. Or even (gasp), like the Grand Canyon, it's just...there.
What do you think? Come on, let rip. Remember: all ideas are good ideas.