Why are toddlers so talkative

Psychology: Character traits of children persist into adulthood

All people are is different. Whether a person hits the ceiling quickly or has a more balanced, calm character, whether one quickly gives up or is principally optimistic and courageous - every person has a unique personality. A scientific study provides insights into the development of human characters.

We stay who we are

Character traits of children often persist into adulthood. A long-term study examined personality development and shows that the peculiarities of elementary school students were still there even 40 years later. "We are clearly remaining the same person," says Christopher Nave, a researcher at the University of California at Riverside. "Our personality follows us through time and life situations, wherever we go."

The psychologists evaluated the data from elementary school students from Hawaii, whose character was assessed by teachers during the 1960s. Forty years later, 144 participants were reassessed on the basis of interviews. Those subjects who were once considered to be very talkative were also later open, exceptionally intelligent and intellectually interested. The more silent children, on the other hand, were more likely to seek advice and tend to resign quickly when problems arise. The once impulsive participants had retained this trait. The less impulsive children, on the other hand, behaved fearfully and shyly even later. "Personality is part of us and our biology," says Nave, whose study appears in the journal "Social Psychological and Personality Science".

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