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Global Optimum

Jul 16, 2019

This episode features:

-Why the Myers-Briggs is wrong, yet popular

-What is the structure of personality

-How does personality change throughout the lifespan

-Can you intentionally change your personality?

-Do we change more than we think we will?

-What is the effect of genes on personality

-What is the effect of parenting on personality

-Which unique experiences shape personality? (The answer to this is disappointing)


Full transcript



Apply Psychology:

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Holland, A. S., & Roisman, G. I. (2008). Big Five personality traits and relationship quality: Self-reported, observational, and physiological evidence. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25(5), 811-829.

Plomin, R., DeFries, J. C., Knopik, V. S., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2016). Top 10 replicated findings from behavioral genetics. Perspectives on psychological science, 11(1), 3-23.

Quoidbach, J., Gilbert, D. T., & Wilson, T. D. (2013). The end of history illusion. Science, 339(6115), 96-98.

Roberts, B. W., Walton, K. E., & Viechtbauer, W. (2006). Patterns of mean-level change in personality traits across the life course: a meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Psychological bulletin, 132(1), 1.

Take an online Big Five personality measure

App designed to help you change your personality (website is in German)

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