A new study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal reveals that personality traits exhibited by first grade kids can stay with them till adulthood. Focusing on talkativeness, impulsiveness, humility, and adaptability in new situations, the research involves 144 middle-age adults who were previously interviewed during their elementary school days in Hawaii 40 years ago.
Verbally fluent children tend to remain so in their lifetime, while the non-talkative kids later turned out as awkward and non-assertive. Those who were easily adaptable as children remain comfortable in new settings in adulthood, while those who were regarded as not very impulsive turned out as timid and insecure.
Despite the study’s findings, experts say that the personal traits need not be permanent, as parents can help in making kids adapt to new settings and self-monitor their behavior.
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