I recently were wondering why we humans only have one (perceivable) personality, one “self” (even if some argue that a self exists, most people still perceive it that way). Wouldn’t it be much more useful if we actually had two personalities in us that work in a symbiotic way with each other (not like with schizophrenia or psychosis, where personalities change or voices are heard that often insult, more like they argue about opinions and search the best solution for everything).
Is the brain not powerful enough, is there no use of having two personalities, is it impossible to have two personalities that cooperate because we only have one reward centre or do we actually have more than one personality (the subconscious mind?)? Its of course a matter of how you define personality or “self”, but what are your ideas on that?
“they argue about opinions and search the best solution for everything”
I do that with myself. Myself with myself? Hmm… When I’m making a decision part of me says what I OUGHT to do and another what I WANT to do. I feel as those my personality is multi-layered.
@cosmicd46, ‘Multi-layered’ is a very good description.
@andropar, I would argue we only have one personality. What I perceive is that we all are pretty much everything – there is both extremes of all things in us (introvert/extrovert, rational/emotional, altruist/egoistic etc.). The ‘personality’ would be a kind of picture of whom we are most often if you get what I mean, but of course creating of such is far from objectivity. You certainly have experienced that what we or other people see in us can be seen completely opposite by other eyes, and I wouldn’t call any of these ideas ‘true’, it’s more like we get singular insights into a very rich whole.
Personality is a character which is gathering all of the different features, talents, likes and dislikes etc that are out there in this world. We don’t need to have 2 or more to make good decisions. We only need a good developed critical thinking and analyzing skills to see all pros and cons in a situation. Our personality is a door to our inner world (thoughts, opinions, fears etc).