Study finds stark difference between a person at 14 years old and 77 years old

By Angeli Kakade, Buzz60

Do you remember what you were like at age 14? What about at age 30 or 50? Can you imagine what you'd be like at age 75?

Researchers have just completed the longest ever human character study and found that we're actually really different in our older years than in our teens years.

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The study itself, which was published in the Journal Psychology and Aging, is an interesting story.

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In 1947, scientists at the University of Edinburgh asked the teachers of 1,200 students to assess their personalities. In 2012, they tracked down 635 of the students and 174 agreed to a questionnaire in which they rated themselves and had someone else also rate them on the same six characteristics their teachers had rated them on at age 14.

The characteristics were self confidence, perseverance, stability of moods, conscientiousness, originality and desire to excel.

Young adults tend to be more impulsive, take greater risks and are quick to annoy. One author said this reverses as we age into a more stable lifestyle and are more accepting of ourselves.

They also said the process is slow, but when the interval is increased to 63 years there is hardly any relationship in personality at all.

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