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Personality development

Do We Become More Empathic as We Get Older?

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A study of how six large samples of adults changed over time may answer this question.

Does Adversity Really Make Us Stronger? Usually Not

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Nietzsche famously said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” but growing evidence suggests it usually doesn’t.

Personality in Later Life: The Struggle Between Decline and Development

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Accentuate the positive but don’t overlook the role of the negative. Both are important for healthy personality development.