Does Alcohol Bring Out Your True Personality?

Does Alcohol Bring Out Your True Personality?

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    Does Alcohol Bring Out Your True Personality?

    Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, but do you think it reveals your true personality?



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    I think it depends on how sensitive your body chemistry is to being messed with.

    For me, after two or three drinks I will feel more relaxed and it can be easier for me to overcome my shyness. In that sense, yeah my true personality is coming out, but I would say it comes out easier as opposed to not coming out at all. I think I just warm up to people a little faster than I would without it. I also think that when I reach the point where I am drunk, then thatís not my true personality, it is an impaired version of me. I think a certain amount of inhibition is in my true personality.

    At an extreme though, when someone is in the process of having a blackout, they are a different person. Itís not their true personality, they are radically altered. Of course these people probably have no business drinking at all, especially if it does not take much for them to reach that point or they are not capable of stopping before that point.
    Spooky, imru2, SFD Six and 1 others thanked this post.

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    yeah, but more dizzy
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    First of all: Please, introverts, don't take this personally

    I have a theory that introversion is caused by damage to the psyche when growing up. Anxiety, fear, loathing and being very unsure of yourself for various reasons. Learning that by trying to be invisible you don't get into trouble. I remember reading the SLOAN descriptions for the introverts, which mostly begin with R as opposed to S for the extroverts. For example:

    http://introspectives.org/types/rluai.html:
    RLUAI
    moody, not good at sports, low energy level, unable to speak up for self, avoidant, depressed, withdrawn, attracted to things associated with sadness, easily frightened, feels defective, lonely, no self confidence, easily discouraged, avoids crowds, backs down when threatened, easily intimidated, socially unskilled, loner, unproductive, late with work, prone to health problems, focuses on fantasies more than reality, self loathing, wounded at the core, easily hurt, often sad, becomes overwhelmed by events, fearful, rarely prepared, fears doing the wrong thing, often aware how the color and lighting of a room affects their mood, feels untalented, quiet around strangers, prone to addiction, doubting, anxious, easily confused, frequently overwhelmed by unpleasant feelings, weak sense of purpose, relates to broken and discarded things, unsure where life is going, continually losing things, fears drawing attention to self, avoids unnecessary interaction, often bored, second guesses self, embarrassed by praise, worrying, resigned, prone to jealousy

    Alcohol lowers your inhibitions - it makes you think of the consequences of your actions less. In that regard, it could be said that alcohol masks the damage done to the introverted psyche by making them fake-extroverts.

    EDIT: I was thinking about this further. Some people alcohol makes depressed, other people it makes violent. Perhaps at the core, those people are depressed and violent, but keep these emotions in check ?
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    Some must be indeed wounded at the core and need to be avoidant, but i don't see much difference between an avoidant introvert who will fear contact with others and an extrovert who will do anything to get attention of others by fear of rejection. Both are psychologically wounded.

    Introversion and extraversion are just 2 different way of interacting with others. :)

    again : Article; 5 misconceptions about Introverts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokos View Post
    Some must be indeed wounded at the core and need to be avoidant, but i don't see much difference between an avoidant introvert who will fear contact with others and an extrovert who will do anything to get attention of others by fear of rejection. Both are psychologically wounded.

    Introversion and extraversion are just 2 different way of interacting with others. :)

    again : Article; 5 misconceptions about Introverts
    I think that's a very good point. I also read that link and found the post interesting. However, there are a lot of claims in it, but they are not backed with citations to scientific studies. Without them, the article only presents the views of the person who wrote it or the wishes of the person who ordered that person to write it etc... I don't want to be nitpicky here, nor do I want to attack the introverts. I definitely agree that some extroverted people have a very bad self-esteem and are insecure at the core.

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    I think alcohol can bring out your true personality. But I think more than anything, it simply unlocks any self-control you would normally put into place. Especially when it makes you either violent or depressed. Yes, they usually are genuinely depressed or violent, but they are habitually keeping these emotions in check, then who is to say that those emotions are their real personality?

    If you always find yourself lying to people, that makes you a liar. If you constantly find yourself being violent, that makes you violent. But! Just because you feel like being violent or feel like lying, if you aren't doing these things, how can you say that you are a violent person? Or a liar?

    Isn't who we are when we are sober more of who we are than when our inhibitions are gone? When I get tipsy, I usually open up more and become more sociable. But that isn't necessarily my real personality. Sometimes I get flirty and playful, sometimes I get depressed. It almost really depends on what kind of mood I was in before I started drinking. And if that's the case, then who's to say it has any forbearing on your real personality? I think it really just shows us acting without any self-imposed restrictions with moods our brain doesn't have the ability to control anymore.

    I don't know, maybe I'm wrong....

    What about the parents out there that love their children? Who would never do anything to hurt them? But then when they are drunk, they scream, throw things at them, hit them? Does that mean their true self hates their children?
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    Does alcohol bring out my true personality? How should I know, what's my true personality supposed to be anyway? Are my inhibitions not part of my personality? I think it just brings out a different facet of it.
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    i don't think that alcohol can bring out your true personality if you're honest generally. otherwise it could be possible that alcohol CAN bring out your true personality if you are lying all the time.
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    I'm not an alcohol lover, I hardly ever drink alcohol, because the only effect it has on me is that it makes me awfully tired.
    Now what does that tell you about my personality?


 
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