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Why Not to Trust Happy People – Persona & Personality

Why you can’t trust those happy, smiling people? So, we will be looking into the persona, psychology, including personality traits of those always smiling happy people.

Why not to trust happy people, persona and personality.

Why People Appear Happy?

Extroverts

Some people always seem to be happy because they naturally have high amounts of positive emotion. In personality psychology, extroversion is the positive emotion trait. If a person is high in extroversion, they tend to be generally happier people. Positive emotions are also connected to being more social. A person that is social is often confused with being a nice, perhaps moral person.

However, there is very little connection to being friendly, social and being a moral person. In fact, it could be a selfish desire, because they know they get something from being nice. They will be getting attention which extroverts desire more, social acceptance, therefore validation, distraction, and the avoidance of loneliness. Perhaps they are looking to create opportunities for themselves, whether that is relationship or career opportunities.

Introverts

Introverts are not naturally as happy as extroverts because they don’t have the same natural levels of positive emotion. However, some introverts will always have a smile on their face. This is likely because of a persona. The persona is the social mask that we show to the world.

Some people have very strong personas, whereas others may have very minor or less obvious ones. I believe those of us that have either a very dominant or mostly absent persona have an imbalance, and extremes in either direction can cause problems. However, this article focuses more on the problems with having too strong a persona.

A persona or social mask is in some ways deceitful by definition. It implies that you are putting on a mask to manipulate, or alter other people’s perception of yourself. You are not showing who you really are to the world. Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of this is that you are also deceiving yourself.

Some people even lose themselves to their persona. It may have gone on for so long that it has become their dominant personality. Teachers that have been in the profession for a long time are a good example of this. Teachers may have a very different persona when teaching, especially if it’s young children. If a teacher starts to talk to their friends and family like they do to the children in the classroom, you know that they have, in some sense been taken over by their persona.    

Religion & Persona  

C Jung The Shadow

Religion is something that can greatly influence a person’s character. I will use Christianity as an example religion. Those people who are strongly influenced by their Christian beliefs tend to have personas that are heavily influenced by those beliefs. One problem is that they are being nice because they believe it’s the correct way to behave, rather than actually being nice. The standards for the persona are set by Christian beliefs.

I can think of several examples of people that I have met that were not the good, honest, and moral people that they tried to project, and to convince others of. Plus, some examples of people that I have not met, but rather heard stories about. One example is the MMA fighter, Sage Northcutt. He displays such a compassionate Christian persona, to the point of cringe, if I’m being honest. However, some people that have known him behind the scenes have told a very different story of his character. Basically, he is not as nice as his Christian outward persona tries to imply or project.   

I class this as something similar to those who virtue signal the loudest. I have noticed that often these people, or sometimes companies, are compensating for something, and they may have the most to hide.

Summary

Strong personas are not the true representations of a person’s true moral character. But rather, are there to deceive others, and perhaps themselves. The definition of a persona is a (social mask), and masks are designed to hide things.

So, the point of this article is basically to suggest that there is no, or little, connection between having a very friendly, smiley, and compassionate persona, and actually being a nice, moral, or honest person. In fact, it may suggest the opposite.

Many of these happy, smiling people can have positive character traits. However, when you look into things in more depth, it often shows the superficial shallowness, true motivations, and deception of these people.

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