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Nuture - "False Personality"

BY PHILLIP WITTMEYER

So then, if there is a "True" Personality, is there a "False" Personality? Indeed there is. People acquire False Personality from their environment after birth. Some call this "imprinting", others call it "acculturation". Many things in False Personality are harmless, as for instance, the manners and customs of our family, region and nation. There is no reason to dump this part of False Personality so long as we are aware of what we are doing and it is appropriate. However, some things in False Personality conflict with the True Personality, causing psychological problems. These are "garbage" and we must dump it if we are to achieve mental well-being. An example is a rigid societal or parental description of "proper" gender roles that limits what males and females can do and still be "approved" for their gender. Another example is that of a child trained by strict parents to be disciplined and methodical when that child is really a freewheeling creative type. Knowledge of our Array will help us dump factors of False Personality that negate, distort or obscure our True Personality. There are of course characteristics of our true nature not represented in our Array, and we must also dump False Personality that conflicts with it.

To dump the garbage of False Personality is a lifelong process, not something we do in a few weeks, months, or even years. It is deep. It is much. It is entrenched. It is devious. Family and society continually reinforce it. We began at birth to acquire False Personality, and it will take us decades to dump it. This process is one of the major aspects of numerous professional and popular psychotherapies. Any book on psychology that tells you how to "become yourself", or "find yourself" or "self-actualize" is talking about the triumph of True Personality over False Personality. To start this process, I recommend reading college textbooks on psychology and social psychology. Psychology books will make you more aware of the general workings of your mind and brain. They will give you a more objective view of yourself. Social psychology books will show you how family, friends and society influenced you. From this foundation, you can begin to work on specific aspects of False Personality by reading self-help books on psychology. Michael says this process is like relentless chipping away at a mountain of granite.

There are a number of aspects of False Personality that I would like to discuss briefly below. These are: Family Influence, Acculturation, Peer Pressure, and Maya. If you are not aware of these aspects of False Personality within yourself, it is possible you could be a slave to them for your entire life. Once you become aware of them, you can choose to override them or not, at your conscious discretion.

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Phil Wittmeyer is a longtime Michael student and scholar of the teachings.  He can be reached at: wittmeyer@hotmail.com

 



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