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There are those who suggests that a child is a tabula rasa when born, a blank page, which remains to be filled out by life experience. That is not true. Children are born with encoded nature of their genetic being, and they are born with a history of their culture and their family infused into their very conception, and as the context into which they are received. This becomes what is innate and in each of us yearns to be heard and recognized, to be named and known in relationship to others-to exist. –In the Moment: Celebrating the Everyday by Harvey L Rich, M.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the background of your protagonist, considering genetics, culture, and family history. 

Journaling Prompt: What part of your personality do you believe you were born with and what came through life experiences?

Art Prompt: My personality

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the interplay between innate personality and life experiences in shaping a personality.

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Psychologists have boxed our behaviours off into the Big Five personality traits. These describe how we perceive the world internally and how we interact with others…

1) Conscientiousness This relates to your work ethic and organisational skills. Those with this trait plan ahead and aim high. They may also take a great interest in one topic, rather than a passing interest in many.

2) Agreeableness Friendliness and compassion are among the characteristics of an agreeable person. They are also more trustworthy. Agreeableness is also used a measure of how even-tempered a person is.

3) Extraversion Those who score highly for this trait thrive interracting with others. They are extremely talkative, energetic, assertive, and are not fazed by being the centre of attention.

4) Neuroticism A person who scores highly in this area is likely to react negatively to a situation or potential scenario, and will feel more anxious, angry or vulnerable than others.

5) Openness to experience If you fall into this category you have a voracious appetitive for learning about new things, are intellectually curious, highly creative and imaginative. Those who are “open to experience” thrive on spontaneous lifestyles over rigid routines and seek out intense moments. –There are five personality types – which one are you? by Kashmira Gander

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch for your protagonist. Which personality type is he/she? What traits / actions show this trait?

Journaling Prompt: What personality type are you? How do you feel about your type? If you could choose a type, which one would you choose?

Art Prompt: My personality type

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the 5 personality types OR tell your audience a humorous story about yourself based on your personality type.

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… according to researcher Brian Little’s “free trait theory,” it’s possible to adjust these traits in order to advance “core personal projects,” or projects that give you meaning and direction. In other words, your character traits are more malleable than you think.
So if you’re hesitant to self-market because you’re naturally more reserved, embrace the free trait theory and take on the guest role of an extrovert for an hour in service of what matters to you. Little offers his own example of how this works:
“[Even though I’m a classic introvert, when I give a lecture for my students I perform with great passion. Introverts, when they are ‘on,’ become pseudo-extroverts. Can you tell the difference between a born extrovert and a pseudo-extrovert? Usually you cannot.”
There’s an element of “fake it ‘til you make it” in turning on pseudo-qualities, but consider the saying in reverse. Let what you’re making provide fuel for faking it, as Little does when he performs his lectures. –Janet Choi

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an introvert who fakes it until he or she makes it.

Journaling Prompt: Do you sometimes have to fake a character trait in order to achieve something?

Art Prompt: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the free trait theory and tell a story about how you’ve used this in your own life to achieve success in a task.

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Roma 2006 - Casual Guy In Ostia

He was so odd in some ways, and yet, she couldn’t help but enjoy that about him. He didn’t pretend to be something he wasn’t. He was simple and easy to please. -Ruth Ann Nordin, A Bride for Tom

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene based on the characters in the quote.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you know who is simple and easy to please. What can you learn from this person?

Art Prompt: Easy to please

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the benefits of being simple and easy to please.

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