An ‘Alter Ego’ is said to be, in Psychology, our other Self, a second personality inside us, which may be the opposite of what our conscious Self or usually outwardly displayed personality is like. However, they don’t have to be opposites. Our Alter Ego is our most genuine Self, the one that is not defined by our particular cultural context, but, this doesn’t mean it doesn’t react and express itself in contrasting ways, same as our most consistently publicly displayed outer Self.
In any case, it is not the product of a ‘multiple personality disorder’, no matter what some texts may say. Human beings are not one-dimensional. We are, in ultimate instance, bi-dimensional.
Alter Egos have always been dramatized in many books, comics and movies, producing with this dramatization the idea that they are ‘a dark side’ that is not really part of the original persona, but rather an unnatural deviation of him/her. Whilst this may give way to very entertaining narratives, we need to distinguish what fiction is, which reflects the particular views/beliefs of the person that created it, or their ways to express those views, from what is our true reality. ‘Normal’, in terms of personality, is a subjective concept dependent upon a society’s particular moral and behavioural rules. It is not a universal life truth. Same as with how the concepts of ‘bad’ and ‘good’ are usually interpreted. They are defined by that particular society’s beliefs. Destroying and creating are the ultimate universal life truths behind every decision we make on a daily basis and they are both as natural as our survival instinct: They both come from that survival instinct. Thus, an Alter Ego is just the conglomerate of personality facets developed from our instinctual Self and its first responses, both creative and destructive, whereas our outer Self is the conglomerate of personality facets that either conforms or rebels against a particular culture or widespread societal norms and beliefs.
Needless to say that, throughout our lives, we’re constantly acting and expressing ourselves with all our personality facets, through both egos, alternating between them according to how we feel with regards to a particular set of circumstances, a particular environment, the phase we are in within our personal development, whether we are alone, with close ones or in public, or all of these and more. We are simple creatures, like all life is in its truest form, but capable of very complex mechanisms, like all life is, the moment it interacts with what it perceives as other life forms.
The quiz below is meant as fun entertainment, same as all the quizzes I’ve created for UnBoxifyMe.com. It is not meant to label you, to box you in, to define you. The very name of this site and concept points at the opposite to those intentions. Hence, you may find graphic statements/quotes, articles and other material, as well as quizzes, that may seem to contradict each other, and this whether through humour, serious reflection or both. Thus, you may like some things and agree with them, and you may dislike and not agree with others. If that’s the case, then the purpose of the site has been successful and the concept behind it respected.
It is fun to play with boxes, though, ask any cat. In fact, it’s even healthy, for it provokes outside-the-box thought, no pun intended. Hence, the quizzes are designed for you to do just that. To play, have fun and engage in thought. The fun factor involved in them doesn’t mean that they have been created randomly, though. Even the simplest of them have been given a lot of thought, and created upon careful research of different Psychology studies and subsequent independent analysis. But, again, they are not meant for you to box yourself in, which, believe it or not, only you can do. Nobody can box you in or label you in any way, if you don’t let them. ‘Letting them’ starts with you believing in those labels. Society is all of us. Therefore, the quizzes are meant for you to create your own entertaining narrative, not for you to define yourself or others in your or their entirety.
The TRUTH is, we’re all EVERYTHING.
The quiz only produces two results. The reason for this is that each result encompasses a myriad of complex mechanisms, which give way to a wide range of personality facets. Thus, and as you will see, it’s completely different to what other ‘Find out your Alter Ego’ quizzes out there are based upon.