People generally reveal themselves over time. That said, the time it takes to get to know someone can be greatly shortened given the right mix of circumstances. Emergency situations, times of high pressure and even particularly intense games or sports can demand enough conscious energy and focus to let you see what is under the veneers of personality that many paint over the surface of both their hidden faults and their true and eternal identity.
Personality itself can be manufactured and as such, may not reflect the true identity of a person. Like clothing, personality either accentuates or hides that which it covers, so it has the potential to divide or connect the inner you to the outer you.
When someone says about another: “He revealed his true colors,” the implication is typically negative. That said, negative qualities of character never relate to a person’s true identity. They are nothing more than another layer of self-created personality which is obfuscating the truth of the individual.
Pressure has a way of bringing the deeper or hidden faults – those elements which have not yet been filled with the light of true identity – quickly to the surface. Pressure also reveals where there is integrity and transparency from the outermost levels of personality straight back, or “up” as it were, to the true identity of the individual. Judgment, therefore, is absolutely unnecessary. People reveal themselves.
As someone who is interested in moving through the refiner’s fire so that the truth of you alone is magnified into the world around you through every layer and facet of your personality, you are wise to embrace times of pressure rather than run from or dread them. They help to set the conditions in which you can refine quickly. So don’t waste them!