We all know that as we agethe body undergoes a number of physical changes: the skin loses its elasticity, growth gradually decreases, hair turns gray, etc. But does a person's personality change like a body? After decades of research into the effects of aging, scientists have discovered yet another, more mysterious change. And it is a little scary: we are not the same person throughout life. Most of us would like to think that our personality does not change much throughout our lives. But the results of the study showed that this is not so. Personality traits are constantly changing, and by the time we are 70-80 years old, we are undergoing a significant transformation.
How does personality change with age?
According to BBC News, with age we becomemore conscious and complaisant, as well as less neurotic. The results of the studies showed that we are becoming more altruistic and trusting. With age, willpower increases, and a sense of humor gets better. Finally, older people have better control over their emotions. This is probably a winning combination - and one that suggests that the stereotype of older people as grumpy and mean needs some revision.
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Psychologists call the process of change,occurring with age "maturing personality." This is a gradual, imperceptible change that begins in adolescence and continues, at least until our eighth decade. Intriguing, but it seems to be universal: a similar trend is observed in all human cultures, from Guatemala to India. It would be reasonable to assume that the continuous process of change makes the concept of personality completely meaningless. But it is not so. The fact is that there are two aspects of personality change: average changes and relative changes. It turns out that although with age our personalities change in a certain direction, the way we look in relation to other people in the same age group, as a rule, remains the same.
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For example, neuroticism with agedeclining, but the most neurotic 11-year-olds remain the most neurotic 81-year-olds. These data are the most stable characteristics and distinguish us from everyone else. Scientists believe that despite age-related changes, there is a “core of who we are,” in the sense that we are, to some extent, ourselves. But we can change. Since personality maturation is universal, some scientists believe that it is not random at all, but how a person’s personality changes can be genetically programmed.
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In fact, a person’s personality is inextricablyconnected with his well-being. For example, those with higher self-control are more likely to have good health at a later age. Women with higher levels of neuroticism are more likely to experience symptoms during menopause. In the future, understanding how certain personality traits are related to health — and whether our personality can be expected to evolve throughout life — can help scientists determine who is most at risk of certain health problems.