Define Personal Identity

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Personality First of all, we need to figure out what is personality and what is personal identity? Personal identity means what am I? But for the meaning of personality is the inner state or personal characteristics of individuals. From the article, we need to prove that the personality is the support of the personal identity. How we prove of this statement? What is the difference between personal identity and the personality? Personal identity is the self, mind, body and the collection of memory, bodily continuity. From the article, Thomas Reid had said that: ‘personal identity implies the continued existence of that indivisible thing which is call self. Whatever this self may be, it is something which thinks, resolves, acts and suffers.…show more content…
In this case, how can you recognize a person who was having a conversation with you yesterday? What kinds of method did you do to recognize the person? You can recognize the person by the contents of the conversation but it also can be copy or heard by the others. Maybe you also can recognize him by the memory of his appearance but there are the possibilities that he has another identical twins. Therefore, we can conclude that the personality and characteristic traits of a person become the element that you can recognize the person who had conversation with you yesterday because the personality can uniquely identify of a person though by the attitude, responses, judgement and so on. Instead, we also cannot conclude that personal identity is the personality. We just only can prove that the personality is the element that support of the personal identity. It is because those definitions of personality we can clearly see that it is simply a pattern of responses or a complex of attributes and it is not the person themselves such as the example of “I have a dog” and “I am a dog”. In this case, we know that personality is something “to have” and it is not something “to be”. Therefore, personal identity has many elements bundle together to form a “what am I” and…show more content…
On my awful days, I sense that I can’t get myself. I don’t know my identity and what I will lose next. Moreover, Dementia is brought on by a scope of therapeutic conditions ( the best know being Alzheimer’s) that eat gaps in the transient memory of sufferers and debase their ability to prepare new sense-data. Memory gets to be distinctly similar to a gleaming sign from a faraway shortwave radio stations which were individuals can do and say things, the speedily overlook them, and afterward do and say them once more. They can no longer read evident expressive gestures. They turn out to be effortlessly bothered as a thickening haze drops upon them, making them forget about everything. As the illness advances, just short lived looks of the once proficient individual can be seen; for whatever is left of the time, everybody is screwed over thanks to a uninvited visitor. For example, “Judi Dench as Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001), Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2001) – to explore the most troubling aspect of dementia: what happens to a person’s identity? Howland remains the same person and yet is clearly no longer the person she once was. And where is the real Alice Howland to be found?”.[ Refer website http://aeon.co/essays/if-your-memory-fails-are-you-still-the-same-person which Aeon
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