Your Personality Is Biased

We think we should be improving certain parts of our personality, while certain character traits are to be left intact. This division of personality traits creates confusion and subconscious bias.

  • Psychologists believe that conscientiousness, openness, agreeableness, extraversion and emotional stability are mainstream traits that are neither positive nor negative.
  • The other, more traditional virtues like kindness, compassion and forgiveness are not included in the five main traits to categorize people.

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Is improving your personality a moral duty or a category confusion? | Psyche Ideas

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Character traits are thought to be flexible through effort, and the personality is traditionally regarded as inherited or rigid. However, it is wrongly assumed that character change is feasible and personality is fixed.

New research reveals that whether a person’s personality transforms or the extent to which it changes, has its roots in their motivation to change, and the steps they take, something known as Volitional Personality Change.

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An extensive 2021 study suggests that both personality and character can be changed with(substantial) effort. That brings the question of whether we would want to change our core self or not.

  • Character traits reveal our motives and values, telling a lot about who we really are. 
  • Personality traits are more like patterns of behaviour that may or may not provide any information about what we care about or who we are.

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Our inability to change might just be mental inertia and auto-suggestion, as it is seen in various studies that both character and personality can be changed rapidly and intentionally, something thought of as improbable before.

The big five personality traits: Conscientiousness, openness, agreeableness, extraversion and emotional stability, serve as a psychological foundation in developing or hindering character traits like kindness or forgiveness.

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Various studies on the correlation of goals and one’s personality conclude that they are working in tandem, greatly affecting one another.

This makes it possible to change our goals(or adopt specific goals) in order to alter our personality.

We need to update our thinking on what it takes to change our personality traits, giving up on the myth of a morally inflexible personality set in stone.

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