Jason Silva & Personality Theory


Recently Jason Silva has been making my head explode with the with philosophical high-defintion mashups he puts out on youtube and shares them once a week. Check out some of the others on his youtube channel Shots of Awe. http://www.youtube.com/user/ShotsOfAwe



Personality Theory

“Everything has a personality.”

When I first started studying design and architecture somewhere along the way I was given the advice that “Everything has a personality.”  This idea completely changed the way I started looking at the world.  This concept has been the source of many conscious or unconscious decisions I have made a designer or a person.


“Everything has a personality.”

What is everything?

Dictionary.com defines it as:

1.  every, thing or particular of an aggregate or total; all.

Everything can be a tree, a fork, chair or a car. It can be a building, a cluster of buildings, or a space. Everything can be a smell a smell or a sound.

“Everything has a personality.”


What is a personality?

Dictionary.com defines it as:

1.  the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others: He has a pleasing personality.

2. a person as an embodiment of a collection of qualities: He is a curious personality.

3. Psychology .

a. the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual.

b. the organized pattern of behavioral characteristics of the individual.

4. the quality of being a person; existence as a self-conscious human being; personal identity.

5. the essential character of a person.

Why does personality have to be constricted to a living thing with a heartbeat?  Arent buildings, cities, streetlights, ideas, rocks, designed objects or organizations of anything alive and living in some sort?


“Everything has a personality.”


  • What is the personality of everything right in front of your face at this exact moment?
  • What is the personality of that door knob you touch 10 times a day?
  • What is the personality of a shiny red Ferrari vs that old dodge neon?
  • What is the personality of your healthy dinner vs the gourmet dinner vs the Mcdonalds dinner?
  • What if we related to everything the way we tend to our relationships with people?

Often times I have learned, (especially with music) that the of something that I despise for some unknown reason. Will infact be something that I gravitate towards at some other point in my life.

Another idea that has rocked my world in my older age is “You are an average of the top 5 people you spend the most time with.”

Similar to Jason Silva; If everything has a personality how is the culmination of your relationship to everything having an effect on on you?


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