Crust: Pizza and Personality


Pizza crusts and personalities have a lot in common. A person’s personality type can almost be identified by the type of pizza crust he or she prefers. It would make a fun party conversation to consider what personality traits would best match a particular crust preference: Thick; thin; stuffed; deep-dish; pan; gluten-free; whole wheat. Having a preference would imply having a personality. Unfortunately, if someone identified too strongly with his preferred crust type, and then a new option became available (like a pretzel crust from Little Caesars, for example), it could send that person into an identity crisis.

To prevent such crises, it may be helpful to consider that in the science, or art, of making both pizza crusts and personalities, the quality of both ingredients and processes influence the quality of the end product. What goes in, and how it is managed, directly influences what comes out.

As a noun, a crust is “a hard external covering.” As a verb, it means “to cover over.” When someone has a “crusty” personality, they have covered over some aspect of themselves that needed to be protected, and formed a hardened outer layer.

The next thing to consider, along these lines, is why a crusty bread is good and a crusty personality is not so good. The crusty bread has a crispy, crunchy, outer layer that covers a soft, delectable interior. The crusty personalities of the world are simply hard to deal with.

By considering what would happen if the crusty personality turned out to be like the bread, and someone was able to break through the hard outer shell and find a soft, warm, delightful interior, a person can start to see the possibility of both change and acceptance. Realizing that the warm softness underneath the crust would not exist without the tough exterior, makes the tough exterior that much easier to accept and enjoy.

A pizza crust is made from simple ingredients: Flour, fat, salt, and a little yeast and sugar. The list is deceptively simple, because after the ingredients are added, the process begins. The process of mixing the pizza dough is the real art. A perfect pizza crust depends on the temperature of ingredients during mixing and the perfect rhythm of the kneading, rolling, spreading, and repetition.

A personality’s crust is made in much the same way as a pizza crust. The personality is made from simple ingredients: Body, mind, spirit, and a little bit of soul and humor thrown in for good measure. The mixing process, again, is where the real art lies: Managing the infinite variations of temperature in every action and relationship, plus the rhythms and cycles of experience, all influence the quality of the outcome.

The crust of the pizza holds everything together, making a collection of ingredients into a complete product. In much the same way, the crust of a personality contains all of a person’s intangible factors, keeping it together, making it whole.

Each personality is unique, and can be experienced and accepted each day as such, with no need for matching it up to a pizza crust preference. Then again, if the party really started comparing personalities to pizzas things could still be very entertaining.

Opinion By Lane Therrell


USA Today

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