Participants dressed in eccentric costumes ride custom made human-powered vehicles through the streets of Kensington during the 8th annual Kinetic Sculpture Derby in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 17, 2014. Kinetic sculpture competitions began in 1969 with a California artist named Hobart Brown and now take place across the globe, according to event organizers.  REUTERS/Charles Mostoller  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR3PMYI

How to Change Your Personality

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 11, 2016

A new understanding of personality is that people are only introverted, agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, and open to new experiences to the extent that their repeated patterns say they are. Genes certainly influence patterns of behavior (we have what Brian Little refers to as a “biogenic” nature), but there is nothing sacrosanct about being a certain way. With enough adjustments to these patterns over time, it seems that people can change who they are.

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