Thursday, August 5, 2010

How Much Have You Changed?

Researchers at University of California, Riverside, the Oregon Research Institute and University of Oregon claim that personality traits in children can still be recognized in them as adults. Children's personalities were rated by their teachers, then this information was compared to videotapes 40 years later.

Verbally fluent children were ranked as higher in intelligence and seen as more in control as adults. Youngsters with lower fluency became adults who sought advice and gave up when faced with problems.

Adults who were cheerful were adaptable as children and adults who spoke negatively about themselves struggled with new situations in their youth.

Impulsive chidren became talkative adults while the more controlled were more timid and shy. No surprise to any of their teachers, I'm sure .

Insecure adults were more humble as children, while condescending adults came from self-confident children.

So, don't expect many surprises at that high school reunion!