Jane Austen, PhD in personalities

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Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often
used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to
our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
  -Jane Austen

Before modern personality assessments, there was Jane Austin. Her observations on the different behaviors and motivation are really perceptive.  The people that she creates, complete with history, preferences and values, make for some well rounded, unforgettable characters. She seems especially fond of exploring the difference between the task oriented and the heart oriented, between the practical and the romantic (idealist, adventure – not necessarily flowers and chocolate).

From Pride and Prejudice, I feel most akin to some Elizabeth and some Mary characteristics, I do love to read and discuss, and it must be for love and deeper values that everything is done, but I can be a party pooper and melancholic about issues/events that others enjoy.

What is your favorite Jane Austen book/movie?  To which character do you most relate?

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2 thoughts on “Jane Austen, PhD in personalities

  1. I love this observation, and think you are quite right (though I hadn’t thought about it before) about Jane’s grasp on personality. I think overall, I’m a mixture of Marianne (Sense + Sensability) and Anne (Persuasion). Kind of foolhardy in a wistful, strong-headed way, but also overly introspective, and feeling deeply for others. 🙂

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