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You Can Change Your Personality After All, Per Science

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Role model, average, self-centered, and reserved were the four distinct clusters of personality types based on the algorithm. rawpixel/Unsplash

It’s a common fact that a leopard can’t change its spots but a new paper reveals differently for us people. Upending the previous belief that personality traits are fixed, it found people can change their personality. How’s that for change?

What The Science Says

Per the paper, people can actually change their personality traits as long as it’s done consciously and with a considerable amount of effort. In fact, the paper, which was recently published in American Psychologist, encourages this, especially if it’s done within the context of improving our lives and all its different aspects. Furthermore, it also stated that it should be a target for policy change because it affects a wide slew of outcomes that are important, such as our well-being, education, health and income.

The paper explained its importance by stating that it can teach kids how to be kinder, how people can adapt to new environments and how people can age with grace and dignity, so to speak.

“Personality traits are both relatively stable and responsive to interventions. In fact, the potential for producing long-term changes that would positively impact individuals across multiple domains suggests that personality traits are ideal targets for interventions designed to improve life success,” wrote the study authors in the paper, stating that we can consider using this knowledge to improve people’s well-being.

How One Can Change Personality

It’s simple, and well, not simple. It’s simple because the basic idea around it can be easily understood, but not that simple because there are different ways to approach it, as well as different factors like environment and experience, which can be both negative and positive.

For example, there’s the ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ approach, while life experiences can also come into play, especially those we got during our formative years. There are also some that can be obtained by trying new things, or taking a leap where you would usually hold back.

Nevertheless, the study provides solid proof that we all have the capacity to change. If it’s for the better is something we have to decide.

Personality Role model, average, self-centered, and reserved were the four distinct clusters of personality types based on the algorithm. rawpixel/Unsplash

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