You are who you are, is your personality set in stone by age five?

Thursday, 12 August, 2010

There are four key attributes of our personalities – talkativeness, adaptability, impulsiveness, and self-minimising behavior – that change little through our lives after about age five, according to some recent research:

Personality traits observed in children as young as first graders are a strong predictor of adult behavior. We remain recognizably the same person,” said study author Christopher Nave, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Riverside. “This speaks to the importance of understanding personality because it does follow us wherever we go across time and contexts.”

Does that mean we remain the same person throughout our lives then? No, I wouldn’t think so.

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