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Our personalities can change

Our personalities can change

Many of us think our personality is fixed and unchangeable.

But according to a recent study, while our early personalities may provide a baseline, they are pliable as we age. People's personality traits may change drastically over time.

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Personality seems to change cumulative over our lifespan and likely happens in response to our life experiences. Therefore our personalities are a mix of stable and unstable.

  • Parents and teachers should keep that in mind when they try to influence a child's personality.
  • Even the elderly, whom we might expect to be more set in their ways, can change.
  • Partners would be better served by learning to value what remains constant in someone's personality while embracing personality shifts as they happen.

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Thinking of personality as fixed could leave us feeling like we can never grow or dismiss people with certain qualities, believing that change isn't possible. However, we don't simply change our personalities in random ways. The relationship among all of our personality traits seems to be more consistent.

If someone was really conscientious but slightly disagreeable, they might keep that personality profile as they age, even if their other traits changed a bit.

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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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Birth Order And Personality
  • It was only recently when researchers discovered that there is a connection between our birth order and personality traits.
  • Our birth order affects our choices of friends and romantic relationships - firstborns tend to hang out more with firstborns and so on and so forth.
  • However, there is further research to be done to prove that there is any correlation between one's birth order and one's characteristics.

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