Can You Really Change Your Personality? Research Says “Yes”

Posted on October 3, 2015

Recent research highlights our capacity to change and grow dimensions of our personality. It occurs from awareness of what we want to change or develop, and working hard to “practice” those aspects of ourselves in our personality.

Findings showed an unfolding process where goals led to changes in behavior, which led to changes in self-concept, which prompted more behavior change. This way, people's personality traits and daily behavior tend to change in ways that align with their goals for change.

With personality changes proven to be strongly related to changes in our wellbeing, self-reflection is paramount. By focusing on who we are and how we relate to the world around us, we have the potential to unlock vast improvements in our wellbeing.

So what helps to consciously change and grow dimensions of your personality? Here are a few exercises worth trying:

* Identify and list some qualities of yourself that you believe exist within you, but have remained underdeveloped or dormant, that you desire to strengthen and expand.

* For each one, envision what it would look like if you did embody that quality in your personality in daily life — in your relationships, at work, in your emotional attitudes.

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Category(s):Personality problems

Source material from Psychology Today