You Can Change Your Personality. Start Small. – WSJ Articles

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You Can Change Your Personality. Start Small.

Is there a trait you want to change? These are psychologists’ science-backed strategies.


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Many of us have one aspect of our personality we’d love to change. A short temper. Inability to let things go. A penchant for procrastination.

For years, researchers thought it was impossible to change your personality. It was fully formed by early adulthood and that’s it.

But now, a body of research by personality psychologists shows that we can change, that many of us want to, and that we’re often happier when we do. The key is to start small. Use your strengths to change your weaknesses and fake them until you make them.

“Changing your personality is similar to losing weight,” says Nathan Hudson, an assistant professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University, who studies personality change. “Just setting the goal won’t help; you’ve got to take actionable steps and stick with it.”

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