Volitional personality trait change: Can people choose to change their personality traits?

@article{Hudson2015VolitionalPT,
  title={Volitional personality trait change: Can people choose to change their personality traits?},
  author={N. Hudson and R. Fraley},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={109 3},
  pages={
          490-507
        }
}
  • N. Hudson, R. Fraley
  • Published 2015
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Previous research has found that most people want to change their personality traits. But can people actually change their personalities just because they want to? To answer this question, we conducted 2, 16-week intensive longitudinal randomized experiments. Across both studies, people who expressed goals to increase with respect to any Big Five personality trait at Time 1 tended to experience actual increases in their self-reports of that trait-as well as trait-relevant daily behavior-over… Expand
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