Essay about The Personality : Altering Personality

764 Words Nov 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Altering Personality
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly” (Bergson). Many individuals assume that personality is something that they are born with, therefore it can never be changed. What these people have not thought about is that people can change their personality due to several factors. Three of the big five personality traits, extraversion, neuroticism, and conscientiousness can all be changed by life experiences, maturity and biological factors. Extraversion, neuroticism, and conscientiousness can be changed in a positive or negative way due to a person’s life experiences. Individuals’ past experiences can shape who they become when they get older. “Because of the experiences that people go through in life, they develop certain deep-seated beliefs, needs and ways of thinking” (Parvez, “How our past experiences shape our behavior and personality”). For instance, if the parents of an extraverted girl are getting divorced; she might become less extravert and more neurotic because her life circumstance in that moment cannot give her happiness just sadness and stress. According to
Stangor, if nurture is more important than nature, our experiences may be able to alter our personalities (25). Life experiences that people go through are the key to understand why people think the way they do or why they act the way the act. “You gain your own unique behavior and knowledge from your experiences”…

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