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Posted February 25, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
Pathfinder Tags: Aging Personality

Imagine your 14-year-old self. Do you have anything in common with that person today (assuming you are no longer 14)? Probably not much in terms of personality, right? So it is interesting to discover that most people believe that they are consistently the same person throughout their lives.

Imagining if that were true, much like my 14-year-old self, I would still be clad in head-to-toe tie-dye and choreographing dance moves to a Milli Vanilli song. But, luckily, assuming taste is an extension or a reflection of personality, that is not the case.

If there is any truth to a long-term study from Scotland, it seems that we are drastically different from our former selves.

The study, which first began in 1950 in Scotland, asked the teachers of 1,208 14-year-old students to answer survey questions about their then-students. The questions measured six areas addressing stability of moods, self-confidence, conscientiousness, perseverance, desire to excel, and originality. The teachers were tasked with rating students on each of the six areas. In addition to the teacher surveys, students were given IQ tests. Researchers believed that the information collected from both assessments would be an accurate indicator of personality.

Sixty-three years later, researchers found 635 of those students, with 174 of them agreeing to take a test similar to the one taken years before. The original test-taker was also asked to attend the new test with a person that knew them well in order to fill out a simultaneous assessment about the original test-taker.

The result: The researchers found very little in common between the tests taken when the participants were 14 years old to the tests taken when the participants were 77 years old (63 years later).

Admittedly, the survey is flawed with an extremely small and non-diverse test sample. But it does raise some interesting questions about personality and aging.

How much do you have in common with your younger self? Do you think personality changes with age?

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02/25/2017 12:39 PM

I would say I have definitely changed in some areas but others are still very much at the core of who I was then and am now.

I grew up into a person who knows they are good at what they do and thusly have very little fear or concern about proving it.

However there are still many aspects of life I believed in strongly back then as I still do now.

I had very low tolerance for being around and dealing with people who were bad at what they did along with having very little use for bigots, cheats, liars, idiots, fools, fakes, posers and the like.

Even back then I put more value into learning about and doing what's right over doing what's popular just as I do now.

Same with how I live. Being like everyone else and chasing after what everyone else wanted was just not interesting or all that appealing to me. Still see life that way.

So yea the outward person I am now is more knowledgeable, skilled, disciplined and confident (grown up) but the core person I was and what I believed in then is still very much a part of who I am now.

Now if by some near impossibility I was given the change to go back in time and meet my former 14 year old self I know I would bring along a list of about 8 - 10 people with a very well written out and detailed account of what advice they will give and actions they will do and why it should never ever be taken or followed. (critical turning points in my life that I believe created devastating long term negative effects.)

No advice on what stocks to buy or anything like that. Just do not believe or trust these people regarding certain topics and events and your life will be better off in ways no amount of money or power can buy (of which I would probably have if I not followed and did what they said and done or prevented them from doing.)

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02/26/2017 12:13 AM

" critical turning points "

Just by merely acknowledging your weaknesses and working towards a resolution is a good thing,, friend.

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02/26/2017 12:42 PM

Unfortunately those resolutions tend to include being far more wary and weighted in the hows and whys of what I choose to pursue any more.

But all things considered I have to say for me being an adult is still a magnitude or two of order easier than being a kid or a teen or at least what it was for me.

Fromage 18 on forward that being able to actually give someone the middle finger and just walk away from their petty nonsense and stupidity when I had enough of it and leave them to clean up their own messes was real game changer for the better!

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02/25/2017 2:23 PM

I would say you have serious problems if you have not changed a lot since the age of 14! Who would want to be a middle schooler for life?

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02/25/2017 8:33 PM

I wouldn't say that maturing is really changing. Fundamentally, I am still the same person I was at age 14. I have the same overall values, motivations, and weaknesses. I was driven to excel from the time I started school. I didn't do it to impress anyone or my parents or anything, it was a desire to see how well I could do. It was also humbling to go from academic standout in the public schools to be Mr. So-So Average at engineering college. Certainly I have matured in the sense of a better understanding of social orders and mores. I tended to procrastinate those things I really didn't feel like doing and the same is true today. Deadlines provided motivation then as it does now. Back then, good enough wasn't good enough, and that is something I still have to work on and not over-do things at the detriment of the overall mission.

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02/26/2017 12:32 PM

Similar sentiments here as well. I too never have done much of anything to impress anyone but myself much to the dismay of others.

Learning and doing new things has always came easy to me. Too easy I think.

I've had a number of jobs where I was told that to become proficient in what I was hired for would take years to do but I managed to become one of the top people at what I did in short order (5 - 8 months or less) much to the unjustified fear and concern of my less than capable managers and bosses at those places who thought I was after their jobs when I had no interest in them.

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02/26/2017 5:10 AM

It would be really great to be able to pee and get erections as easily as I did then....

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02/26/2017 10:32 AM

So you're saying your level of appreciation has changed?

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02/26/2017 12:21 PM

Wait up!!

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02/26/2017 11:29 AM

Nothing a few Popsicle sticks, duct tape, and a vacuum pump can't cure. Cheer up, gramps! In a few years you won't even remember what you could do back then.

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02/28/2017 11:04 AM

Uhmm, there's a couple of spam advertisements down here sometimes, something about muscles and testo kind of thing. Wouldn't help at all?

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02/26/2017 7:20 AM

I can honestly say that at 22 years old I was a profoundly different person from 14 after 3 years of disciplined US Army training and experience.

I will forever believe all young people could positively benefit from the experience even though it has been somewhat watered down since then.

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02/27/2017 6:20 AM

The bows I make can shoot an arrow much further now than the ones I made when I was 14.
It's a relief that the testosterone has calm down a tad... I can even even walk through the lingerie section in the department store these days
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02/28/2017 11:07 AM

Nice one Del, but certainly, not on dirty lingerie laundry

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