Hi Ken, I guess it depends on what attributes are being chosen. Certainly, there are a host of physical and environmental attributes that might be subject to choice without controversy. Physical attributes might include extremely acute abilities in certain areas (all musicians would die to have perfect pitch for example). Physical attributes can also include what weaknesses you choose to battle physically, which might include something like what happened to you (or not) as well as congenital defects or flaws. This might include a predisposition for certain issues such as alcoholism, and also might include the types of neurological, developmental or biochemical issues that impact the functioning of the brain and therefore the manner in which the spirit manifests through the body and experiences existence in the physical. I don't know exactly where the line is between spirit and body, and what to attribute to each. Nor do I know how to distinguish what are the primary traits that determine who we are from more minor personality attributes that do not. But, if these primary traits and accompanying manifestation as personality do not exist, how can we say that there is something in the spirit that is us and is reincarnating? The whole concept becomes meaningless. Cordially, S&S PS--I am hesitant to say that personality is "maintained" as this seems to indicate something that is static, whereas personality is, IMO, in the process of development through all of this.