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Most people have a goal to change an aspect of their personality.

Posted by Sharon Hudson, Director, Talent Tools on 24 May 2019
Most people have a goal to change an aspect of their personality.
For most people, personality is reactive and unconscious. However, people can volitionally change their own personality traits. It does require reinforcement specific patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours (Lodi-Smith & Roberts, 2007; Roberts & Wood, 2006).

Increases Extraversion and Conscientiousness are the most common trait change goals, followed by Emotional Stability. Recent research by Hudson and Fraley demonstrates that well-designed psychological interventions can be useful in fostering trait development.

The researchers also found that as people increased in extraversion, conscientiousness, or emotional stability, their change goals concerning those specific traits tended to decrease. An important finding because it lends to even stronger support for the idea that people
are not only actually able to shapetheir personality traits but also achieve goal satisfaction with their behavioural and personality changes.

You can change who you are and how you live, to do so, you must be intentional.

So, who do you want to be?

 

Hudson, N. W., & Fraley, R. C. (2015, March 30). Volitional Personality Trait Change: Can People Choose to Change Their Personality Traits?. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000021

 

 

 

Author: Sharon Hudson, Director, Talent Tools
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