Monday, June 15, 2009

Personality and Identity

Even as we know people as Moslem or Israeli, Australian or South African, Male or Female, with all the attendant assumptions we may have about those categories, we also know them as strong or weak, forceful or retiring, manipulable or solid, sympathetic or abrasive. Sometimes it is the latter dimensions that are foregrounded, especialy when people work together on a daily basis over a long-time period, such as in a school like Emanuel. So you might be a Scandinavian, or an Australian of Hungarian descent, or a South African, but the way you perform in your job and the degree of commitment and your pleasing or purposefulness might be much more significant in interactions.

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