Upon looking up articles from apa.org, I stumbled across two very similar studies that focused on the theory that, as we age our personalities continue to evolve through time. Rather than thinking that a person's character is something that develops at an early age and stops there, the psychologists of these studies wants us to look at and examine a person's traits, tendencies, beliefs and whatever else is deemed under the topic of "personality". Observations might change your previous thoughts on the matter. Psychologist on the project, Sanjay Srivastava says, "One of the major theories of personality asserts that personality traits are largely set by genetics, and, by consequence, changes in personality traits should slow as other functions of maturation slow. We set out to test that." His research yielded strange results, some of which break stereotypical age and gender boundaries. Men are suspected of developing a more agreeable attitude after their 60s, and women apparently begin to understand and become more conscientious as they hit their 20s and 30s. But didn't we already inherently know this? Nobody stops growing from their experiences in life, so why wouldn't that effect such things as one's personality. It all makes a lot of sense. I guess having the scientific proof to determine this idea as correct, is a comforting thing to know. I've always tended to think this way. But I wouldn't necessarily characterize personality the way the researchers do. I think of it as something more abstract; beyond the human capability to fully understand. Which is why I imagine it would be very difficult to study and test this subject matter. I'd agree with it for the most part.
I attached the link to the first article in the title, so i'll put the second here: