Part of me wonders if this is due to the idea that our personalities are influenced by those around us. Once people reach a certain age, is there a possibility that they are more comfortable with who they perceive themselves to be and therefore do not need to experiment in different social circles/environments to explore their identity?
@Daniella Moriarty Or what if personality is consists of all the people we have met, what we read ,our surroundings and etc. For instance; I like fictional book because my friend introduced this genre to me. I inherited my handwriting from my father or etc.
There is a quote that I read somewhere, I don't remember who is the author of this quote. Or if I am quoting this right.
" We are a part of every person we met".
I do believe that aging could have an effect on one's personality, specifically the experiences of people as they grow older contribute to these apparent changes in personality and behavior. I have taken neurobiology courses and it was taught in our classes that the concept of "synaptic pruning" or the use-it-or-lose-it event is an important thing to consider when talking about people's changes in behavior, habits, skills, and even personality. Before, mid 20s our behaviors, habits, skills, and personality are more likely not yet that established.
@Johannah Paola Escote yes, we are making thousands of neuronal connections. So, our memory and habits are altering. Signs are subtle, so we cannot spot them spontaneously.
It is believed that certain traits get, maybe, a little exaggerated or more frequently in the spotlight. But more often it is the attitude towards life that changes, not the personality.
A module of mine covered this in brief and found some interesting findings. One of these being how older people view socialising as compared to younger ones. Younger being not senior 20-35.
Research showed that as one got older they valued few friends to spend time on rather than development of new friendships. The researchers believed that younger people needed networks especially as they related to work etc
Generally older people knowing the brevity of time focused on maintaining a few but close knit group of friends.
@Daniel Sumner Maybe "time" is a factor here. Older people might know how difficult it is to maintain several friendships.
great question well i think that over time, personality tends to "improve." It's known as the "maturity principle" by psychologists. As people become older, they become more extraverted, emotionally stable, agreeable, and conscientious. It may, however, alter slightly with time, but not significantly.
@erajshahzad99 I didn't know about maturity principle. Change in personality is gradual so, it means we don't notice them. It's like when we try to avoid certain traits of our parents? for eg: keeping shopping bags in a drawer, but at the end we are also keeping bags in drawer.