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Stability vs. Change
Transcript of Stability vs. Change
Stability vs. Change, deals with the issue of whether or not personality traits present during present during infancy endure throughout the lifespan.
Change theorists argue that personalities are modified by interactions with family, experiences at school, and acculturation.
Studies of children have often revealed impressive stability over time in aspects of development such as the attachment to their parents or in personality.
However, there is evidence which suggests a contrary view, that change is both possible and indeed, is likely under appropriate conditions.
Freud was one of the first psychologist to emphasize the critical nature of our early experiences for our later development. He believed that how we resolve our sexual and aggressive urges is strongly tied to the nature of our personality as adults.
Psychoanalysts believe that personality traits developed in the first 5 years predict adult personality.
Stability vs. Change
Developmental psychologists research which characteristics are most likely to remain stable and consistent, and which are likely to be more flexible and subject to change.
Some aspects of temperament, such as energy level and outgoingness, seem relatively stable, whereas social attitudes are more likely to change.