What is your role ?

NYC, 2008 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

At work, with your friends, with your partner, with your kids. Are you the same person to everyone ?

I had a conversation about this with a dear friend last night. The reality is that we adapt to our environment and the people in it and we’ve been doing so for tens of thousands of years, or more.

The boss at work may be a bit cold or stern, but when she gets home to her partner and kids she switches roles, warms up, and suddenly we see a different character. You may be the boss, or report the boss, but the temperature change is still there.

Which character do you reveal to the different people in your life and why ? I’m sure familiarity and comfort play a part in determining that, as does inherent personality and situational appropriateness.

Who do you reveal your whole self to ?

To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom”

– Socrates

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