Character And Reputation Essay

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Character is not defined by your personality nor by your reputation. Character is defined by who you truly are deep down inside. Your character is a choice that you make for yourself.
It is easy to confuse personality with character but they are not the same. Personality is easy to figure out, usually upon the first time meeting someone. When we first meet people we immediately judge them. We label them with traits such as funny, energetic, confident or boring, negative, and shy. Usually after interacting with this person for some time our thoughts still remain the same and that person’s personality does not change from what we first thought of them.
Reputation also gets mixed in with character, but just like personality, it is not the same.
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As a child, you do not have a say in how your parents decide to raise you nor do you get to pick which genes come from which family member. Your reputation is also not a choice as you cannot change how others think. Fortunately, you do have a say in what kind of character you have.
Character traits, unlike personality and reputation traits, are based off of an individual’s beliefs. They believe that the way you treat others and that honesty are very important or not, depending on if they have good character or poor character. These beliefs can change over time due to certain circumstances but it is far more hard to realize than when an individual’s personality or reputation changes.
The problem with getting to know someone’s character is that it is time consuming. We want to like people that we already like based off of our first impressions of their personality and we do not want to put in the extra effort to really find out who that person truly is. We want to assume that our original judgment of them is who that person truly is. We want to think that people who are outgoing, fun, and confident are also honest and kind, but we tend to learn the hard way that this is not always true. This happens because we do not invest the time in learning who that person truly is before we put trust into that

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