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How Much Can We Change Our Personalities?

By Stepy Kamei

When it comes to making big and important changes in our everyday lives to promote better health and wellness, it is absolutely necessary to take a look at our everyday habits and how we move through the world in general. It is equally true to realize that change can be extremely difficult for anyone, even if the change or changes are wanted greatly and are encouraged by doctors and other healthcare professionals. Whether it is for the benefit of your physical or your mental health and well-being, you should always consider the importance of regularly updating your life by making positive changes for your health.

Sometimes it is understandably questionable to consider making changes to your lifestyle. After all, it makes sense that a personality is a pretty fixed concept, and that trying to change it by breaking away from old habits and patterns may not be as easy as healthcare professionals would like it to be. However, I came across an interesting post by Huffington Post Health that places this concept into a new and more positive light. Changing your personality for the better in order to improve mental health may not be as difficult as you think.

The Science of Personality Reconstruction

According to the article, scientific studies have reached a basic conclusion: People who are able to make the biggest positive changes for themselves are the ones who displayed the most amount of interest and desire in doing so from the beginning. This makes a fair amount of sense. A person who truly wants to take action in their life in order to be a happier and healthier person -- a person who wants to change -- will have an easier time doing so than a person who simply tries to half-heartedly do so in order to please someone else.

So how can you achieve this goal, which is not as far-fetched as you may have previously believed? This is one area in life where visualization techniques can really come in handy.

Start by writing out a list by hand of the traits and qualities that you would like to see more of in yourself; these may include increased resilience and positivity, giving and receiving compliments more gracefully, or expressing kindness to strangers. After doing that, visualize how your relationships with friends, family, and loved ones will change for the better as you implement these traits and focus on that.

If what you see is better than what you currently experience, then you may have taken the biggest step toward changing your personality.

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