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How Human Nature Influences Our Character and Behavior

Updated on July 12, 2017
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As a poet, therapist, and observer of human behavior, Janis has a keen awareness of what makes people tick and behave the way they do.

Human Nature Makes Us Live In and Out of the Characters We Portray

We hide who we really are behind masks of false selves.
We hide who we really are behind masks of false selves. | Source

Totally Out of Character . . . Or Not?

Which of these statements about character comes closest to who you are?

See results

Human Nature Yearns for the Taste of Sweets

Some of us secretly eat an entire plate of chocolate chip cookies in order to fulfill a decadent yearning.
Some of us secretly eat an entire plate of chocolate chip cookies in order to fulfill a decadent yearning. | Source

Human Nature Craves the Forbidden Fruit

We are drawn out of character by the things that look good but may be bad for us.
We are drawn out of character by the things that look good but may be bad for us. | Source

Human Nature and Behavior - A Poem

"Out of Character"


Reaching in the cookie jar

My second chocolate chip

The most expensive glass of wine

Savoring the sip


Imagining, I take a risk

These thoughts are unlike me

Stepping out of my small box

Inhibited yet free


Longing for forbidden fruit

The taste upon my tongue

Temptation calls my name aloud

A tune I leave unsung


Desire grows within my soul

For what is it I seek

Stepping into realms unknown

My character is weak


I venture out beyond my skin

My guard begins to drop

Slowly, slowly, slowly now

My conscience pleads me stop


Who is this inside my house

The reigns I place on thee

Completely out of character

She looks somewhat like me


In the flesh a human lives

Yearnings go untapped

Wants and needs so limitless

Scream to be unwrapped


Unfamiliar landscapes peak

From the inside out

Conflicting with the character

No one knows about


We hide between those characters

Two and sometimes three

Masked and hidden from ourselves

Wanting just to be


(JLE)

What Makes Up One's Character?

  • an aggregate of properties and qualities that distinguish one person or thing from another; a trait; good qualities (The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary, 1995)
  • nature, disposition, temperament, personality (The New American Roget's College Thesaurus, 1985)

We Fantasize Out of Character in Our Dreams

Our imaginings take us to places within ourselves where we are safe to act out of character in our dreams.
Our imaginings take us to places within ourselves where we are safe to act out of character in our dreams. | Source

Human Nature is Hidden Behind the Mask of Makeup

Makeup often masks who we really are, in and out of character.
Makeup often masks who we really are, in and out of character. | Source

© 2014 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Janis Leslie Evans 13 months ago from Washington, DC

      Difficult but great questions, Greensleeves. I like your introspection. The topic really causes us to explore motives behind why we do what we do and what drives us. I'm so pleased you liked this hub article. It is one of my least read of all time, LOL!! I think it may be a little too quirky. Thanks for the comment and the view. :)

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      Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK

      Good work Janis. The way we think, the way we act, and the way we reconcile the two, is such a complex aspect of our makeup. I seem to spend half my life in a daydream imagining in my own mind how I would behave in certain scenarios I see on television or film. And needless to say I usually come out quite impressively in those fantasies :)

      But would I really act in that way or would my courage or confidence fail me, and even if I did act in the way I would wish, would it just be to please or impress others or would it be a reflection of my true character? Would temptations make me do things I know I shouldn't? Or conversely would inhibitions stop me doing things I know I should? Difficult questions to answer!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, Eiddwen. More to come soon, thanks for voting and sharing.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and I now look forward to so many more by you.

      Voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Jeb Stuart Bensing 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Your welcome.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      :-) Thanks, Jeb Bensing, glad you liked it. Your comments are on point and appreciated.

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      Jeb Stuart Bensing 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      So much talent. Emotion is never taught, it comes for the mind that unleashes deep thoughts. Other people who share their soul in which they sought amaze me. I really liked this poem; it just rolled off my tongue. Great Job!!!!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You put it well, BlossomSB. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Great observation about public and private selves, Faith Reaper. Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Good poem with very interesting thoughts. Do we ever really know ourselves? We know who we'd like to be, but what is the reality?

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Really cool poem here, Jan! Yes, are we the same by ourselves as we are in public...much to ponder that says a lot about our true character. Up and more and sharing. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Jodah. I appreciate your comments.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice rhythm Jan as well as making me think about my own character. Well done.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, MsDora, I do need to post more straight poems. Thanks for your comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I appreciate that, Audrey. Thanks for pinning, blessings to you, too.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You are very welcome, word55, so glad you liked it.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, billybuc. I relate to that, too as I'm maturing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, graceinus. I will do more. God bless you, too.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      So you're a poet too. How impressive! I still love rhyme and rhythm like you have in your poem, and the topic of "character" and "out of character" is also interesting. Good job!

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Jan This hub really makes you think if you act out of character. It appears we are a little different at times and yield to temptation. The poem and very appropriate pics should make you proud. Good rhythm. Blessings. Audrey. Pinning from computer.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Very good jan. I am so glad that you wrote such a sharp, rhythmic poem about real and fictitious character. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had a hard time with the poll, Jan. The older I get the closer my public persona matches my private one, but it has taken a long time to be able to say that. Great reflective poem.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      I enjoyed this one very much. I hope to see many more from you.

      God bless