Is it possible to change our personality? – Patika Magazin Online

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Our personality traits may not be as permanent as we might think, some research psychologists say. Although the issue is controversial, it is certain that changes in our attitudes, behaviors, and reactions may occur externally or voluntarily… But based on our own judgment, how receptive are we to change?

Personality can be defined by how we interact with the world. While there are various theories about what a personality really is and how our basic personality traits evolve, researchers mostly agree that a personality is shaped by early life experiences and tends to remain stable over time. Or not?

Numerous studies suggest that personality traits are not necessarily constant. According to the most widely accepted personality model, there are five basic personality traits that define our behavior as individuals. Each of the “big five traits,” openness, awareness, extraversion, acceptability, and neurosis, have a series of related traits that shape our emotions, our reactions.

The formation of personality traits

Adult personality traits usually develop from the temperament that was characteristic of us in infancy and early childhood. As well as adult personality factors (sanguine, choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic), there are different types of temperaments that seem to stem from the interaction of our genetics and our childhood upbringing.

Differences in temperament can affect how caregivers or children of their own age treat children. Which brings a child experience life experiences that can reinforce early temperament differences and determine adult personality type. However, it can also lead to the development of dysfunctional personality patterns that can develop into personality disorders later in life.

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As our lives change, so do our personalities

Thus, personality changes may occur over the years depending on new life experiences. People who e.g. have experienced severe emotional trauma or life-changing events, they may show significant personality changes. In addition, the social roles we accept can also change personality. For example, new parents, or people who invest a lot in a new job, may be more conscientious than before.

Because their new responsibilities force them to change their thinking, feelings, and behavior in general. Or even all individuals who engage in new emotional relationships may become more conscientious about the well-being of their partners as their image of the world changes. As our lives change, so does our personality.

The effect of aging on our personality

As the years go by, aging can simply mean big changes in our personalities. As we get more mature, many of us e.g. it will be friendlier or more conscientious and we will develop greater emotional stability. As we gradually find our identity, our personalities may change in order to meet our own expectations.

With this in mind, many treatment modalities involve persuading patients to modify destructive personality patterns (e.g., for certain personality disorders). Although these personality patterns are often extremely difficult to change, it usually depends on how motivated people are to make such an attempt.

Do we want to change?

But do most people really want to change their personality? While you tend to admire your peers with better personality traits in your eyesight? How many of us strive to make such long-term changes in our attitudes, behaviors, reactions, and so on., which involve changes in personality traits?

These questions are difficult to answer, but the research findings of some professionals point to the need for change in a significant proportion of those surveyed. Thus e.g. also according to recent research by psychologists at an American university, most people are dissatisfied with their own personalities and want to change in a positive direction. Of the five major personality factors, only thirteen percent said they would be satisfied.

Are we capable of change?

As to whether individual people are indeed capable of modifying their personality traits, the evidence is already somewhat more controversial. Although many are trying to change their personality, either through counseling or developing their own self-improvement program, the effectiveness of these approaches in the long run remains questionable.

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