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Discuss some of the roles you play in life, and what personality characteristics you...

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ealawiye1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2010 at 4:26 AM via web

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Discuss some of the roles you play in life, and what personality characteristics you use in each role.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 3, 2010 at 4:37 AM (Answer #1)

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The roles that a person plays in life have a lot to do with the type of job, family dynamics, and the environment in which a person lives.  Some typical roles are as follows.

A student is expected to attend school.  He follows school rules and expectations.  He is expected to sit in an orderly fashion and respond to questions politely.

A friend is expected to be loyal.  A friend should be kind and helpful to another person.  He should hold the person's secrets in his heart not sharing them with others.  He is expected to stand by his friend.

A mother in our society is expected to be nurturing and show compassion towards her child/children.

A nurse is expected to be patient but firm, provide respect and respond to a patient's needs.

These are just a few roles.  I know that each day one person plays many different roles.  In a single day I am a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a friend, a colleague, a daughter, a sister, a housekeeper, a disciplinarian, a social worker, a teacher, an artist, a writer, an editor, a cook, a mechanic, a dog walker, etc.  For each role I undertake an new set of criteria is established.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 3, 2010 at 4:35 AM (Answer #2)

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Of course this will depend a great deal on your own personal life, which is surely different from my own.

The main roles I play in life are husband and father.  These two roles take very different personality characteristics.

That said, both roles require one personality trait above all -- the ability to be loving and caring and to show that love and caring to the other person or people.

In addition, both roles require me to be able to judge what other people want.

The major difference is that I must also use a more authoritative personality with my children (7 and 4).  While I do not want to control them completely, I certainly must maintain a position of authority.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 3, 2010 at 5:24 AM (Answer #3)

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Wheew! How many masks we wear and how many roles we play!

My main ones are mother, teacher, girlfriend, friend, and geek

For my mother role, I put on the hat of responsibility, organization, scheduling, support, motivation, "get it done", police-watch, girlfriend eliminator, and nurturer.

For my teacher role, I keep the same hats as I am very maternal, but I also wear the disciplinarian, "don't get on my nerves or else" hat with lots of love.

For my girlfriend role, I try to be there, be supportive, and be accepting and tolerant. I cannot do more than that- which is why I am not a "wife". ;)

For my geek role I have to adopt a quite serious tone with my college students, and an even more serious tone as I build a curriculum, translate papers, and analyze data.

My fave role, however, is that of a good for nothing, no-expectation, who cares about life slob. I die for Sundays so I do absolutely nothing. I also kindly ask people not to call, visit, even talk to me. I need my hat of peace as well.

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