The message from the broader scientific literature on personality change is positive. People are adaptable – for example, people’s awareness usually increases when they take on a demanding role, and their traits grow positively again when a difficult relationship is left, indicating that we will find a way to deal with everything we have in the store in the future. .
Shiner warns that, at least for introverts like me, this can be a particular challenge. “While people were locked up, introverted people were able to avoid the social communication pressures that are so common in places like the U.S., and that can make it harder to return to the country,” she says. Her advice is to spend time with “more familiar friends one on one”; or very small groups, which is certainly more compatible with social isolation when browsing re-entry. “
Damian is pleased with our collective ability to adapt as the means of blocking rise. “I don’t think people need to worry about changing their traits to an initial block,” she says. I hope the changes will happen gradually and naturally for most people as soon as the environmental pressures change. This will take time. “
If anything, her advice is that we should not rush back to the old ways. In Texas, where Damian is located, hospital capacity has increased due to an influx of new infections after the site was removed. “I think people have adjusted their anti-lock behavior too quickly, so I wouldn’t recommend the other world to follow suit,” she says.
* Dr. Christianas Jarrett is a senior editor Aeon + psyche. His next book on personality change will be published in 2021.
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