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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    August 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    Link: Your Personality Doesn`t Change After 1st Grade - So says this new study: So read this and think back--what kind of 1st grader were you?
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    Siyanor Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    "So why is it, if our personality is set at age six, you don`t see more adults walking around with juice boxes?"

    Perhaps because juice has absolutely nothing to do with personality.

    When I was 6, I hated pretty much everyone. Now I hate pretty much everyone.
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    Webz Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm
    I can say with complete certainty that my personality has changed considerably from 1st grade.

    Some elements of it are still the same, but a lot of it has definitely changed.
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    britt566 Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    i was shy and quiet, but cared greatly about other people.

    that`s pretty much me now, let`s see what happens in 30 years.
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    sender02 Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    This doesn`t apply to me at all. I`m a completly different person since the 1st grade. Not a single subject I remember considering back then is similar.
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    Siyanor Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    Some personality traits are enduring, others are not. This study just says that enduring personality traits are generally fixed by age 6.
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    Holly69 Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    I cried when people called me names.

    now I falcon punch them.
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    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    I`d like to think I`ve changed. I mean I`m still awkward but hey I`ll probably die that way.
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    Ace_Mazta Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    uhh im calling bs on this one
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    Mweebles Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    I`m 1000 times more jaded than I was in 1st grade.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm
    Yea, I am still that shy, imaginative kid that won`t talk to anyone, but all grown up.
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    sawdusty Male 40-49
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    Yeah I still adjust myself and mine for nuggets just like when I was 6
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    ardystic Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm
    not true. i`m living proof. my 6 yr old personality is long gone.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    so, once a prick, always a prick?
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    Loxen Female 30-39
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm
    I`ll back up the "Total BS" statement.
    In first grade I was kinda rude and anti-social... oh.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm
    Calling BS.

    For one thing, how many teachers remember the personality of every student over the course of almost 40 years?

    So unless these teachers have known about the experiment the whole time, I doubt they remember what very many students were like for the most part.
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    Siyanor Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    Really, Mweebles? I`m only like 15x as jaded.
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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    I`m pretty much the same now as I was when I was 6.

    So you know.
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm
    That`s slightly incorrect, if one receives mild to severe head trauma, that persons personality changes
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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    In the first grade I was kind of quiet and shy...I didn`t really talk to many other children or have any friends and when I tried to play with them they snubbed me or made fun of so I played alone. I wasn`t very good with the first grade math but I excelled at the spelling tests and loved reading.

    So..I guess i didn`t really change much at all. I still am more quiet and shy, and would rather read than associate with most other people and don`t have any close friends at all. Even now I have pretty much only a 6th grade math level but my reading level has always been "above average", whatever that means in educational terms.
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    ingrateful Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    in first grade i was super friendly, now im quiet and shy as hell THE FU-
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    jg0nz Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    Altaru is right. BS.

    The teacher only had the image of the person being a first grader engraved in their head, and they tried to remember their personality so that changes their opinion since they used to know them VS being a complete stranger. And what method did they use to gauge their personality?
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    Siyanor Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm
    ingrateful, extroversion isn`t an enduring trait. Introversion is, but that`s because introverted people are not likely to engage with people with differing personalities.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm
    ingrateful, extroversion isn`t an enduring trait. Introversion is, but that`s because introverted people are not likely to engage with people with differing personalities.
    Then what exactly do you consider an "enduring trait?"

    Especially considering that I`m the polar opposite of what you just said. I USED to be extremely introverted, but now I`m completely different.
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    Thdot Male 30-39
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    August 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm
    a link to a link. thumbs down.
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    fabarati Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm
    I`ve changed considerably since the first grade. I`ve also changed considerably since junior high. I haven`t changed as much since High School, but i have.

    To be fair, I didn`t read the link, though. Couldn`t be bothered.
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    tiggerwitch1 Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    I didn`t go to 1st grade. So according to this study, my personality is non-existing. But according to my circle of friends, I`m a pretty engaging person. In conclusion, my existence proves this theory wrong. :-)
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    madest Male 40-49
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    August 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm
    I agree with fabarati, I think most people change significantly in different times in their lives. It`s exactly why we don`t lock up children for life.
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm
    same with fabarati/madest

    1st grade-6th, really sensitive
    7th on, hell of a lot more chill
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    shappy Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    lies and slander internet, i am not an annoying in your face non-nice individual anymore!
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    My personality is very similar (I freak out about stuff more, but I`ll probably grow out of that with time :P) but my brother is EXTREMELY different. He was obnoxious, rude, violent, etc at 6 years old. It took my mom a lot of work to get him to be the great guy he is 15 years later :) My parents divorced when he was 4 so my mom had to do a lot to get rid of my dad`s negative influence on him.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm
    Well I`ve always been a fan of nap time and juice and cookies...even at 26...
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    Rattyshirt Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm
    That is a sweeping generalization, and is wrong.

    Temperament is determined solely by genetics; yet this can even change by will or powerful experience.

    Certain aspects are pretty cemented in around six; this is also subject to change.

    But as fabarati and madest point out, this happens at several times in a persons life.

    Any psychologist will tell you that development never ceases; a person can change at any point in their life.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm
    well all I can say to that is "DUH"

    A class clown is a class clown all his life.
    A "mean girl" will always be a mean girl.
    A little sissy-boy is always a sis ... well I changed a little.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm
    I disagree with this, Many things can and do occur after elementary school that can and do change peoples personalities.

    If this were accurate it would doom people, We all make mistakes and hopefully learn from them. We do learn from childhood and gain basic traits, But we are not slaves to them.
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    _kiersten_ Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm
    Well...In 1st grade I was I suppose similiar to how I am now in terms of school work. I get it all done, organized, etc...Personality wise? Maybe. I was a smart ass then, and I am a smart ass now. I was really quiet then though and I am definitely not quiet now. So the same? Not really.
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    KittenCereal Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    this is BS. Everyone changes every day.
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    paulyshore Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm
    i skipped grade one, so i`m going to take a leap here and say i am the one and only exception to this rule. i will continue with this leap and go on that i am the most post-modern, pbr-drinking, fedora-wearing, irony-loving non-conformist.
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    Siyanor Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    Altaru, an enduring trait is a trait that is highly likely to remain with someone over the course of many years. It is POSSIBLE to go from introverted to extroverted. But it isn`t highly likely.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    August 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm
    LOL! What a bunch of poo. That`s not what my sixth grade teacher said. She had me in the first grade also. When she saw me again she lamented how I was such a good boy back then. Now I was the devils son. Now if she could see me now. I would be the anti-Christ himself.
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    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Not true. People change.

    BLAND people might not change though.

    First grade for me was spent winning the school administration over to my side because I was a devil in Kindergarten.
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    haha when I was in first grade I coerced others to stay out after recess. Our teacher left three of us outside for 45 minutes...she almost got fired :D
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    Lamiacraor Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm
    This was completely untrue. Who ever conducted this study was retarded.
    I was a completely shy girl who did everything she was told at that age, and now I am the opposite. And I have known many people who had changed personalities since the first grade.
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    hampoofegg Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 12:07 am
    I was a good little shy kid in elementary school, but now I`m open and loud and angry :P
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 12:21 am
    link didnt work for me XS
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 1:01 am
    Erm... I am exactly the opposite to how I was in first grade.

    There are some aspects that stayed the same, but I`ve gone from shy to fairly extrovert in the last 5 years.

    From struggling to make friends, and not being able to talk to people in first grade to doing standup comedy and being on TV interviews in my mid 20s.

    My personality really changed in 7th grade. When I swapped schools I went from being the shy awkward kid, to one of the popular kids.

    I genuinely couldn`t be more different.

    Very Skinny -> Fat.
    Introvert -> Extrovert.
    Quiet -> Loud.
    Shy -> Outspoken.
    Loner -> Socialite.
    Moderate Secular -> Moderate religious.
    Emotional -> Logical. (Not quite what I mean, but closest I can get).
    Slow -> Quick.
    Awkward/Clumsy -> Confident.
    Hard Working -> Lazy.

    I still like Thundercats though. So there`s that.
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    plahblah Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 1:07 am
    I disagree with this. I too, was an extremely shy kid in first grade. Seriously, I was terrified of everything, including the teacher. But now I`m way more out spoken and not at all scared of teachers or people in general.
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 1:37 am
    i want a juice box...
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2010 at 2:05 am
    Intentional deception area:
    They start the article by giving it an absolute, generalizing statement. "Your personality at age six is your personality for life."

    They then go on to contradict they absolute, generalizing statement to tell use that this isn`t indeed always the case.
    "They found that behaviors observed by the teachers when the students were in first grade were almost always predictive of their personality in middle age."

    Note the three words "Almost Always Predictive". Of course "almost always" means that it doesn`t happen all of the time. But the word predictive means that your personality may not be the exactly the same, but similar enough that certain traits still remain.

    So just in the first paragraph alone, they completely destroyed their hypotisis that "Your personality at age six is your personality for life."
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    wellsy57 Male 50-59
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    August 10, 2010 at 4:41 am
    I hated girls at age 6. Now I can`t get my mind off some of them.
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    Magicant Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 5:11 am
    I disagree. People change
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    August 10, 2010 at 6:23 am
    Can`t be true; When I was in first grade, I had no idea what my dink was for... Now it rules my life completely. I`d say that`s a bit of a change.
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    natehimmel Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 7:42 am

    "They examined four personality attributes - talkativeness (called verbal fluency), adaptability (cope well with new situations), impulsiveness and self-minimizing behavior (essentially being humble to the point of minimizing one`s importance)."

    This is what they examined. Not how much you liked girls or juice.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2010 at 8:08 am
    I am what I am.
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    Nocciolina Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 8:18 am
    Well I should show this to the people who look weird at me when I`m playing in the park, I`m still a child!

    On a serious note, it may be true; some things have changed, but I consider I`m basically the same.
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    netbaby Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 10:38 am
    lol@ everyone panicing because they hated themselves at that age..
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    MinaTheBoa Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 11:20 am
    What a load of cr*p! Like a certain french president who wanted to install police surveillance for toddlers known to have a criminal ascendence.....thank god our personality traits evolve and adapt!
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 11:32 am
    I think that there may be something to this, but I think its conclusions are a little too strong. I know I have changed since 1st grade. I used to be extremely shy, but I have gotten much better at talking to people. When I hit puberty, for a while I was really aggressive and angry, but I`ve gotten over that. Of course, that was probably due to the hormonal imbalances of puberty, but we do go through several changes throughout life. The brain isn`t even finished developing until we`re in our mid-20`s. Things like impulse control are among the last to develop, so an impulsive child may turn into a responsible adult. We would need a greater knowledge of neuroscience to point out every trait that is liable to change as we age, but I think there are several that can.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    Even though "Big Five" personality traits remain constant relative to peers throughout your life, the actual behaviors change dramatically. After all, if a first grader is "Open to Experience" that might mean he or she is willing to try Chinese food (if he is a Mexican American) compared to other kids. As an adult, that same person will be willing to try illegal drugs, or maybe not, maybe he will like to travel to other countries. Both of those are "Openness to Experience" which is one of the Big Five personality traits that remains constant.
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    420foy Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    um, bullpoo? anyone?
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    NotTHATbored Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    I agree bullpoo. I was happy, outgoing, and talkitive when I was in 1st grade. Now I`m a miserable hermit. Everything changes.
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    heartx3jess Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    bullpoo. Your personality changed many times throughout your life.
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    heavenly15 Female 13-17
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    August 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm
    I disagree, also. I was somewhat happier in my younger years.

    i was shy and quiet, but cared greatly about other people.
    That was me too. I loved helping people and being nice and polite. I`ve changed drastically since then. I still care about people and feel for them, I just don`t give much of a 5hit about doing anything for them anymore.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm
    Sweet!but probably fake anyway, behavour is portrayed by the life experiences of the person!
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    August 12, 2010 at 12:13 am
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    Chibi_Ichigo Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    I definitely disagree. First grade: Energetic, talkative, adventurous, You-piss-me-off-you-will-know, sugar-loving kidlet. Now: Lazy, quiet, passive, sugar-loving adult. Haha. Well, I guess some things never change.
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    DrkAng3LxNat Female 18-29
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    August 16, 2010 at 5:23 am
    short ._.
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    PikoParty Male 13-17
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    August 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    definitely untrue, i am living prof of it.

    When i was young i was unhappy and depressed, i didnt listen to anybody, and i was stubborn as a mule.

    Now, i am pretty easy going, i listen fairly well, and im still stubborn, just only on what matters.
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    dmattm Female 18-29
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    August 26, 2010 at 6:22 am
    NOT TRUE. i was shy and awkward and had a hard time making friends in first grade but now Im outgoing and fun. :)

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