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    Personality as in the behaviorist stuff of Big 5 and the like, yes those change and can be worked on.

    More fundamental personality that is attempted to get at by MBTI and the like, is something that is developed upon according to how your core personality unfolds it. The development is drastic, but it's not a full shift into someone completely different, short of maybe some serious neurological event.

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    I believe so.
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    Absolutely. Though some folks will have to work a lot harder at it than others.
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    I think we can adapt out personality to deal with our present situation and environment, and to work toward achieving our aims, but at our core we have a personality that we are "meant to be" and when we have an environment that is conducive to that personality, then we feel our best and can make progress toward reaching our true potential.

    I believe that if we reach a point where we feel like we do not like who we have become, it is usually an indication that society and environment have warped us into being something we were not meant to be. If the reason we do not like who we are and feel the need to change is because a goal is harder to reach because of aspects of our personality, then that falls into the catagory of voluntarily adapting our personality to make life easier (being an introvert looking for a job, I see the need to try to adapt into being more outgoing, but I know this is an attempt to develop a skill that I can turn on or off as needed and I see it as attempting to fix a weakness rather than changing who I am)
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    That's a lot of rubbish advice given though in the links and the video. Urgh!!!

    They were focusing more in changing habits than changing personalities.

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    Short answer would be yes, but I don't know how easily.
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    No. Behaviors can be changed, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riva View Post
    That's a lot of rubbish advice given though in the links and the video. Urgh!!!

    They were focusing more in changing habits than changing personalities.
    This is the thing. We can change habits. We can develop and better utilize our natural talents. As we age, our preferences moderate. People do change in some ways which can be positive or negative. They can become more moderate. They can eliminate negative things. They can pick up and adopt the beliefs of a particular ideology. On the other hand, they can become discouraged, skeptical of life and turn into grumpy old men. People are remarkably consistent in many many ways however. Maybe it depends on how you define personality. I consider it to fall along the typological lines and that does not change. You can lean towards a being a healthy 5 vs. an unhealthy one or be a more balanced INFP vs. an unbalanced one, but you don't change to a 7 or an ENTP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    This is the thing. We can change habits. We can develop and better utilize our natural talents. As we age, our preferences moderate. People do change in some ways which can be positive or negative. They can become more moderate. They can eliminate negative things. They can pick up and adopt the beliefs of a particular ideology. On the other hand, they can become discouraged, skeptical of life and turn into grumpy old men. People are remarkably consistent in many many ways however. Maybe it depends on how you define personality. I consider it to fall along the typological lines and that does not change. You can lean towards a being a healthy 5 vs. an unhealthy one or be a more balanced INFP vs. an unbalanced one, but you don't change to a 7 or an ENTP.
    Changing healthiness levels cannot be considered as changing personalities could they? It's just feeling more secure about self. That's not changing your personality. The links suggest changing personality but gives advice on how to adopt good habits and drop bad ones. The links need a change in names.

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