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Rihanna's Personality Essay

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Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), known by her stage name Rihanna is a Barbadian recording artist, actress and fashion designer. She lived the life of a normal island girl going to Combermere, a top sixth form school. Rihanna won numerous beauty pageants and performed Mariah Carey "Hero" in a school talent show. Her life changed forever when one of her friends introduced her to Evan Rodgers, a producer from New York who was in Barbados for a vacation with his wife, who is a native. Rodgers arranged for her to go to New York to meet Jay-Z, CEO of Def Jam Records. He heard her sing and knew she was going to be incredibly successful. She was 16 when she was signed to Def Jam. Since ...view middle of the document...

Because some people may look to rihanna as a role model of young girls, they do not support her decision to get back together with her abuser, the love of her life, Chris brown. But in spite of all that rihanna still continues to rebuild her relationship with him. This is what Rollo May would referred to as Authenticity. If a person exercises their free will to expand consciousness further, to establish values that minimize anxiety and provide positive relationships with fellow humans, and to create the challenges necessary for personal growth, then they are said to be living an authentic life. But if however, a person lives in accordance with someone else’s values and does not exercise his or her free will to enhance personal growth and effective living, the person is said to be living an inauthentic life. [ (Olson & Hergenhahn, 2011) ]. To live an authentic life takes courage, because this life involves taking risk. There was a risk involved when Rihanna decided to go public about her true feelings towards Chris Brown which she did in an interview with the even popular Oprah Winfrey. Moreover existentialist emphasizes Death, to which May declares “to grasp what it means to exist, one needs to grasp the fact that he might not exist”. People die symbolically, by degrees, each time one of their established values is threatened. Such a threat is perceived as an attack on one’s existence and therefore it too causes anxiety. [ (Olson & Hergenhahn, 2011) ]. By making her decision public, rihanna’s music career could’ve suffered or died, which ultimately will result in her feeling anxiety before she did the interview, but in the mist of all that, she found the courage to override this anxiety and go onto living her authentic life.
Rollo May defined Destiny as “the patterns of limits and talents that constitutes the ‘givens’ of life” (1981, p.89), these refer to the things we have no control over like; where we were born, our sex, our parents, skin colour, talents, intelligence etc. Although we had no control over these givens we still have a freedom to choose how we want to use them. For example Rihanna was born in Barbados with the ability to sing and perform, in Barbados it is only thus far a person can reach in the entertainment industry, however she did not let that stop her, she choose to use her talents to the best of her ability and now she is one of the biggest stars in the world. She even...

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