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Person and Personality

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Personality is everything about us. It grows with or without our awareness. That is why it is crucial that we learn about our own personality and others’, as this helps us to understand ourselves and others.

The good news is that we can learn a lot about personality. We can also change, learn, grow and develop. Our personality determines our success in life, and this includes in relationships, family and at work. In this first series, we will introduce some of the greatest or most famous persons in the world.

It is good to start by focusing on self and our world. This enables us to learn more about our emotions, preoccupations, interest, potentialities and aspirations. We are able to take care of ourselves including our feelings, thoughts and actions. This learning enables us to live more healthy lives. We learn and understand our relationships as well as others and their emotions, thoughts and actions. In the end, we are able to find a balance between self and others. This is what personality is all about.


Socrates contributed to philosophy by creating the fundamentals of Western philosophy. He invented the teaching practice of pedagogy, the Socratic method and contributed greatly to ethics.
Plato is one of the World’s best known and most widely read philosophers. His main areas are in Philosophy, Mathematics and Science.
Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, is believed to be the son of God though born of human flesh. Jesus’ teachings are the foundations of Christianity. Christ died and resurrected and this is the hope Christians have in God.
Muslims believe in Allah, and that Muhammad is His Holy Prophet. Mohammed is the central figure of Islam and considered the final Prophet of God. In Islam, Muhammad is a prophet, messenger, and leader. His name means “praiseworthy.” He is also Islam’s founding father.
Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer. He was the 16th President of the United States of America and served as from March 1861 until he was assassinated in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States during the period of Civil war, the bloodiest war and a time of great moral, constitutional, and political crisis. Lincoln was able to preserved the Union and paved the way to the abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.  
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was an officer in the British Army and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill resisted German rule under Hitler that ultimately led to the liberation of the world and the defeat of Hitler. In 1963, he was the first of only eight people to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.
Sir Alexander Fleming was the man who discovered penicillin. He won a Nobel Prize in 1945.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who led the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on Christian beliefs.

Way forward

Personality is bigger than our thoughts, action and achievements. It is all embracing like a double-edged sword; you build self as well as others and best of all make an impact in the world. Mother Teresa said; ‘Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile’.

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Dr. Geoffrey Wangohttps://counsel-lingmagazine.co.ke/
Many people often ask me about my personal stand, my passion in life and how I got into Counselling Psychology and why in particular the establishment and writing in their favourite publication, The Counsel-ling Magazine. Colleagues and students, participants in various seminars and others suggested that I should include some information that would assist clients, practitioners and students to perhaps establish a career, or even assess and evaluate their ethical, moral and professional standards. Well, this allows for personal reflection and I feel it wise to include a few remarks about my fervour on counselling, mentoring and education as well as various aspects of life.
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