One Apple A Day #724 – one and many1 min read

For a long time in my life, I thought about a person through an atomistic paradigm. One in which something can be understood in isolation, regardless of the context. I felt that I should have been able to identify who I was, no matter the circumstances. That I should have been the same in every situation. 

But I wasn’t. My behaviours were different depending on where I was and who I was with.

I remember asking myself “who’s the real me?”

Because I was unable to find an answer, I was confused and insecure.

The fact is that I was always the real me, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that my behaviours were so inconsistent.

It took me years to realise that something can only be understood within a particular context. 

In his book Principles of Topological Psychology, published in 1936, psychologist Kurt Lewin defined a simple yet powerful equation. 

Behaviour is a function of the Person in their Environment, or B = f (P,E).

My behaviours are informed by both my identity and the environment in which I am. Which one has more influence in a specific situation? It depends on how much I’m centred in my own identity.

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