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    This percentage of people are naturally shy:

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    This percentage of people are naturally shy:

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    If it takes a while for you to get comfortable with new people or in different situations, you probably were born that way. To break out of your shell a bit, you might practice small talk with friends or come up with some things to chat about before you meet someone new. 

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    Which has the biggest effect on your personality?

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    Which has the biggest effect on your personality?

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    Your life experiences, your education, and the many other things that make you unique shape your personality more than anything else. Your genes and your parents also play a role, with your genes having more of an effect than the parenting styles of your mom and dad. 

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    You may be able to tell some things about someone’s personality by their body odor.

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    You may be able to tell some things about someone’s personality by their body odor.

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    People who are often anxious or angry may make more bodily fluids, like sweat. That can affect the bacteria that cause body odor, so their natural smell may be different from that of someone who’s more relaxed. Some of those differences might be noticeable enough that others can pick up on it.

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    Your personality stays the same as you age.

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    Your personality stays the same as you age.

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    As an adult, your personality is probably a bit different from when you were a kid -- and that’s not a bad thing. Most people change for the better. One study found that we get warmer, more helpful, and more agreeable as we mature. For most people, this starts in their 30s and continues through their 60s.

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    If you have this kind of personality, you might prefer to figure things out before saying too much:

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    If you have this kind of personality, you might prefer to figure things out before saying too much:

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    Introverts get their energy from thinking and reflecting, so they need time to process. They also like to recharge with alone time. Extroverts get their energy from being around other people and enjoy socializing. They like to figure things out while they’re talking.

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    This personality trait may help you stay healthy.

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    This personality trait may help you stay healthy.

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    If you’re the type of person who thinks about things before you do them, you’re conscientious. You’re more likely to think about what you eat and be active and less likely to abuse alcohol or drugs.

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    The area of your brain that controls your personality is also in charge of:

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    The area of your brain that controls your personality is also in charge of:

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    Your frontal lobe, which is behind your forehead, helps you do a lot of things. It lets you plan, organize, and solve problems, and it controls many parts of your personality.  An injury to this part of the brain can change how you think, feel, and behave. 

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    Some cultures believe your personality is linked to your:

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    Some cultures believe your personality is linked to your:

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    During the 1930s, matching personality traits to blood types became popular in Japan and other parts of the world. People with type O blood were thought to have confidence and be more flexible, traits that make good leaders. Type A blood meant you were a calm soul who wanted to keep the peace. None of this is backed by science, but some people still believe it.

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    Which of these is a personality disorder?   

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    Which of these is a personality disorder?   

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    People with narcissistic personality disorder often think they’re better than others and deserve special recognition. They don’t think about the feelings of those around them, and they don’t take criticism well. Genetics, childhood trauma, and verbal abuse are thought to play a role in personality disorders.

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SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Personality Changes for the Better with Age,” “Personality May be Key Risk Factor in Preventive Health,” “What Causes Personality Disorders,” “Which Traits Predict Job Performance?”

American Red Cross: “Learn How Your Blood Type is Like Your Horoscope Sign.”

Betty Clooney Center: “Behavioral Problems of TBI.”

BrainFacts.org: “Mapping the Brain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Narcissistic Personality Disorder.”

European Journal of Personality: “Does Personality Smell? Accuracy of Personality Assessments Based on Body Odor.”  

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior: “Assessing Personality Using Body Odor: Differences Between Children and Adults.”

Kidshealth.org: “5 Ways to Shake Shyness,” “How to Live a Happy Life,” “Shyness.”

The Myers & Briggs Foundation: “MBTI Basics.”

University of Minnesota: “Is Personality More Nature or Nurture? Behavioral and Molecular Genetics.”

VIA Institute on Character: “Big 5 Personality Traits,” “What’s the Difference Between Myers-Briggs and the VIA Survey?”

Wellesley College: “New Study Finds Our Desire for ‘Like-Minded Others’ is Hard-Wired.”

Western Nevada College: “Personality Types and Learning.”  

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