This is something I have been pondering for awhile
about identity, the saying "no man is an island"
comes to mind, we can not helped but be shaped by what we encounter in the sea of life, we are eroded or have wrecks or treasure land on our shores ( apologises for the tacky metaphors.) but how much control do we have over this ourselves. Are we fully in control of how we are defined as a person or are we simply moulded by the people around us.
What factors most contribute to a person's identity or personality? Who are the most influencial people to shape us? Is it possible to destroy personality?
It is something that has interested me for a long time and even more so since reading two books "Dice man" by Luke Rhinehart and "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis. I refer to the second book, the main character Patrick Bateman lives in a sterile world of surface, there is a piecein the book where he claims that there is only an indication of himself a trace, a hollow shell, because he has no humanity no real personality he feels free to indulge in psychopathic behaviour
Main question is, sorry I have a tendency to ramble, is it possible to have full control over the development of ourselves, our identity how much of it is decided by outside factors such as other people, family traits, our environment? Can we reverse and alter our personalities, is there a central core that decides our attitudes our personality that can not be changed?
the plot of our life sweats in the dark like a face the mystery of childbirth, of childhood itself grave visitations
what is it that calls to us?" patti smith
[This message has been edited by brian madden (edited 07-19-2000).]