We all, in the first place, matter enormously to ourselves,and will bother about our writing if we feel ourselves to be somehow at stake or on show as we write. We can never, of course, display at any one time the entire complex of characteristics that makes us what we are. Writing of different sorts brings different parts of our personalities into play: a job-application will present a different persona from that revealed in a declaration of love, while any subsequent letters of resignation will reflect yet further facets of our elusive essence.

How would you interpret 'bring(s) different parts of our personalities into play' here?

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I like the way you sense the language, MrP!
When you "bring (anything) into play", you exercise it, use it, put it to use, you make it become "in effect", "working".
That would be my interpretation.
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