Personality Maturation And Personality Relaxation

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Career progression plays a role in the development of one’s personality. According to Eva Asselmann, a person’s work-life—from the time they start a job to their retirement—contributes to changes in their scientifically-based Big Five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability. In her research, she found that workers’ conscientiousness, extraversion, and agreeableness all increased during the first year of work—coined as “personality maturation.” However, conscientiousness starts to lessen as one approaches retirement, leading to “personality relaxation.”

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