The Dispositional Domai

Even though people change and develop as they age, each person still I has a sense of themselves | as the same person, the same "self," from year to year. As we will see in this chapter on development, when it comes to personality, some things change and some things stay the same.

hink back to your days in middle school. Can you remember what you were like then? Try to recall what you were most interested in, how you spent your time, what things you valued most and were most important to you at that time of your life. If you are like most people, you probably feel that, in many ways, you are a dif ferent person now than you were in middle school. Your interests have probably changed somewhat. Dif ferent things may be important to you. Your attitudes about school, family , and relationships have probably all changed at least a bit. Perhaps now you are more mature and more articulate and have a more experienced view of the world.

As you think about what you were like then and what you are like now , you probably also feel that there is a core of "you" that is essentially the same over the years. If you are like most people, you have a sense of an enduring part of you, a feeling that you are "really" the same person now as then. Sure, you are older, more experienced, and more mature. But certain inner qualities seem the same over these several years.

In this chapter, we will explore the psychological continuities and changes over time, which define the topic of personality development. When it comes to personality, a common saying is "Some things change; some things stay the same." In this chapter , we will discuss how psychologists think about personality development, with a primary focus on personality traits or dispositions.

Even though people change and develop as they age, each person still I has a sense of themselves | as the same person, the same "self," from year to year. As we will see in this chapter on development, when it comes to personality, some things change and some things stay the same.

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