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Study Says Personality Set for Life By First Grade

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Remember your first grade self? Well, you’re probably not that much different now. According to a study conducted at the University of California, the personality traits you exhibit in first grade aren’t likely to change.

The study compared teacher evaluations of students from the 1960s to videotaped interviews taken 40 years later on the same 144 subjects. The study looked at talkativeness, adaptability, impulsiveness and self-minimizing behavior.

Based on those four categories, LiveScience.com reported that the study found:

“Talkative youngsters tended to show interest in intellectual matters, speak fluently, try to control situations, and exhibit a high degree of intelligence as adults. Children who rated low in verbal fluency were observed as adults to seek advice, give up when faced with obstacles, and exhibit an awkward interpersonal style.

“Children rated as highly adaptable tended, as middle-age adults, to behave cheerfully, speak fluently and show interest in intellectual matters. Those who rated low in adaptability as children were observed as adults to say negative things about themselves, seek advice and exhibit an awkward interpersonal style.

“Students rated as impulsive were inclined to speak loudly, display a wide range of interests and be talkative as adults. Less impulsive kids tended to be fearful or timid, kept others at a distance and expressed insecurity as adults.

“Children characterized as self-minimizing were likely to express guilt, seek reassurance, say negative things about themselves and express insecurity as adults. Those who were ranked low on a self-minimizing scale tended to speak loudly, show interest in intellectual matters and exhibit condescending behavior as adults.”

Do you think you haven’t changed much personality-wise since the first grade? Moms of older kids, have you seen personality traits change in your kids since first grade?

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