By Sherrie Haynie | May 5, 2020

People can and do change. The fact that this is obvious in professional and personal life has prompted some to question the entire premise of personality “type.” If people evolve over time, is there such thing as a consistent personality type over a person’s lifespan?

The answer may be a little confusing. Yes, people’s personalities do change, but personality type doesn’t. This may sound like a contradiction, but let me explain. The definitions of “personality” are broad, ranging from “the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics” to “the organized pattern of behavioral characteristics of the individual.” These expansive definitions clearly contain aspects of people who do change with time. “Personality type,” on the other hand, has a more specific definition, and according to the Myers-Briggs framework, it’s based on whether a person naturally prefers…

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