Personality development can be defined as the continuities, consistencies, and sta bilities in people over time and the ways in which people change over time. Each of these two facets—stability and change—requires definitions and qualifications There are many forms of personality stability and, correspondingly , many forms of personality change. The three most important forms of stability are rank order stability, mean level stability, and personality coherence. We will discuss each of these in turn. Then we examine personality change.
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