The Difference Between Personality and Behavior

This article applies to people curious to know the differences between measuring behavior and personality.


 Common Question:

 What is the difference between behavior and personality?

Solution Overview:

This article will discuss the differences between personality and behavior. While personality can change as circumstances dictate, behaviors form a hard-wired foundation and remain fixed.


Behavior vs Personality

People in business often talk about and interchange the terminology Personality and Behaviors without truly understanding what differentiates them. It’s important to understand that they are not interchangeable and to recognize the clear distinction between their meanings.

Behavior is fixed: it’s who a person is; it’s the foundation; it’s the raw material that informs how the world is viewed; it can’t be learnt; it drives talents and personality. It is fundamental hardwiring.

Personality is driven by behavior: it’s the mask worn; it’s a person’s outward character; it’s what we let others see on the surface; personality is formed and revealed from circumstances, social pressure, education, social environment, family influences; it’s the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual and can change as circumstances dictate.

Having a revelation of the difference not only educates but more importantly it paves the way for leaders in business to understand what their role is in revealing behaviors which will remain constant over time. It gives insight and understanding into knowing when what they are viewing is a mask. Behavior is the real person Personality is the outward appearance an individual chooses to reveal.


Behavior Drives Personality

The DNA Behavior revelation is how to measure behavior and apply the insights to the make-up and development of personality. An increased understanding of behavioral insights will provide leaders, executives, coaches, advisors, and people generally with the pathway to being able to focus attention on the “human element” when managing relationships to enhance performance. The key is to look below the surface, behind the mask, to identify the natural instinctive behavioral talents that are very stable over time.


A Definition of Behavior

Although behavior among humans and other living organisms is something they are born with, it also is influenced by, and inherited from, parents and ancestors. In addition, behavior is influenced by the environments in which organisms mature. Inherited traits and learning by experience together have the greatest influence on behavior. Scientific research has shown that the evolution of humans and monkeys is very similar. Humans are able to think, imagine, create, and learn from their experiences—more so than any other species. From the time we are born, we humans begin learning through our sensory systems—sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. So do monkeys. But humans not only receive information through these systems, they also learn about themselves and the world around them through the physical, psychological, and social context in which this experiential information occurs. That’s because they have the ability to use language and thought.

Long before Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species in 1859, animal breeders knew that patterns of behavior are somehow influenced by inheritance from parents.

Learned behaviors are important to understand as well because they also contribute to a person's personality development and play a role in their decision-making preferences, and overall human performance.

Understanding how to manage behaviors delivers a significant level of self-awareness that enables people to modify behaviors, depending on the situation and the individuals they are dealing with.

In other words, inherent behavior = the core of who we are revealed as personality.


A Definition of Personality

The term personality is derived from the Latin word persona meaning a mask. Personality is a patterned body of habits, traits, attitudes and ideas of an individual as these are organized externally into roles and statuses and as they relate internally to motivation, goals and various aspects of selfhood.


Knowing and being able to measure the natural “DNA Behavior” of people is, by its inherent nature, equally applicable regardless of where the person comes from, the setting or environment, whether they are male or female, their age or generation, or their culture or religion.

Behavior refers to the organized ways of thinking and acting that express a person's beliefs, opinions, attitudes, and values.


Personality can be described as multiple layers arranged one on top of the other and becoming denser as you proceed deeper inside.

Natural or inherent behavior is what we are born with and does not have to be learned through our experience. We refer to this as "hard-wired" and are what we now term today as a person's DNA Behavior®.


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