Character & personality

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  • Tabac

    Senior Member
    U. S. - English
    Could you tell me the difference between "character" and "personality"?

    Casino
    Personality = things like happy, sad, congenial, friendly, rude, fun to be with, etc.
    Character = honest, genuine, loving, moral, religious, etc.

    For me, sometimes, examples serve better than definition.
     

    kanoe

    Senior Member
    France, French
    character also means a fictional person (in a movie...)

    "His character in the movie is a crazy man..."
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    In the context you mention, "character" is a measure of a person's inner being (at least according to the societal norms in place). "Personality" is the way in which a person interacts with the rest of the world, regardless of the qualify of character.

    For example: Some people can be of good character, i.e. honest, loyal, etc., but be an absolute pain in the b*m.

    And, there's the old piece of wisdom that somebody might "pat you on the back with one hand while picking your pocket with the other."
     

    Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    From an intelligence point of view a person with a strong personality can succeed despite a lack of intelligence. That would indicate those traits of a person's character that others find pleasing can carry them through life. Did I say character? As I understand the two words, personality would be a part of a person's character. It is how one relates to other people and how one functions in his school, job or recreational activities. Character is like a warehouse for traits, attitudes and self-esteem. It is a cliché, but a person can build character through his activities such as reading, studying or making adjustments to his personality.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    It is a cliché, but a person can build character through his activities such as reading, studying or making adjustments to his personality.
    I believe some despots in the history of the world (and perhaps present) have done all these things and yet I have no regard for their "character."
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Some people with great personality (gregarious, charming, friendly, engaging, etc.) have poor character (lazy, self-obsessive or egotistical, irresponsible).

    Some people with a great deal of character (moral, honest, responsible, dedicated) have a disagreeable personality (brusque, blunt, impatient, sarcastic, etc.)
     

    Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Sdg, I don't think it was meant to be a question of a popularity contest. My observation, right or wrong, suggests that character can be built. As you have suggested, there can be bad character, good character, or whatever modification you want to make.
     

    Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Biblio's observation is certainly the truth if we can use some examples. In my lifetime I have known church officials who have generous characters and the personality of bullies. Perhaps in every institution that oxymoron, the gracious bully, could be true.
     

    fdk47

    Senior Member
    Tagalog
    Hi.

    Does any native use the word "personality" and "character" to an animal?

    Ex. His dog has a great personality/character.

    If not, how would a native speaker put it in words?

    Thank you.
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    It's perhaps more usual to talk of a dog having a nice "nature" or "temperament", but I have come across both "personality" and "character" being used in respect of animals.
     

    redgiant

    Senior Member
    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    Review Title: Works and lacks flavor
    This did bring my blood pressure down though it doesn't have much personality, unlike other teas that do the same thing, especially hibiscus.

    Source: It was taken from a Blood Pressure Herb Tea Review' at Amazon. The poster gave the product an average rating.

    I think it's too much of a stretch to use "doesn't have much personality" to mean " it lacks flavor." Do you agree?
     
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