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Do People Know How Their Personality Has Changed? Correlates of Perceived and Actual Personality Change in Young Adulthood

 How much do we think our personality changes over
time? How well do our perceptions of change correspond with actual
personality change? Two hundred and ninety students completed measures
of the Big Five personality traits when they first entered college. Four
years later, they completed the same measures and rated the degree to
which they believed they had changed on each dimension. Participants
tended to view themselves as having changed substantially, and perceptions
of change showed some correspondence with actual personality
change. Perceived and actual change showed theoretically meaningful
correlations with a host of variables related to different aspects of college
achievement and adjustment
Dr. Kali Trzesniewski,
Oct 31, 2011, 11:08 AM