43c. Is Personality Change Adaptive?

3:45 PM–5:00 PM Mar 2, 2018 (US - Eastern)

(MM) Atrium A



  • Maxwell Barranti, Univ. of Toronto Mississauga
  • Norhan Elsaadawy, Univ. of Toronto Mississauga
  • Erika N. Carlson, Univ. of Toronto Mississauga
We utilize response surface analysis to answer if personality change is associated with wellbeing, if change in one direction is ideal, and if there is an optimal amount of change. Participants (n = 2316) reported about their Big 5 personality traits across 10-year intervals. For some traits stability is best for wellbeing, while for others there is an optimal amount of change.