Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Can People Change?

Can people change or are some parts of us ‘set in stone’?

‘He’ll never learn’, ‘she always was a bad kid’, and ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’ all reflect a common belief: people never really change. While there may be a kernel of truth in this folk wisdom, it doesn't square with recent research. [i]

Studies have in fact demonstrated that meditation, exercise, quitting drugs and starting antidepressant treatments can alter the brain, leading to ‘structural and functional changes in the brain that correspond to changes in personality and behavior’. [ii]

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[i] Old dogs, new tricks. (2013), Psychology Today, 46, 22-23. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1271926556?accountid=49617

[ii] Ibid.

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