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Can People Really Change?

The notion of change has long haunted relationships. We've always been told that we shouldn't expect our significant others to break old habits, namely because people don't change, but is that notion true? According to the March/April issue of Psychology Today, that once-believed rule about change is revealing itself to have many exceptions. The article says:

Tweaking the way you interpret and react to the world can be a transformative experience, freeing you up to act in new ways. At first, it feels awkward, even bizarre. But with new behaviors come new experiences, creating a feedback loop that, over time, reinforces the transition.

The article goes on to explain that though it does require working against some of your personality traits, change is possible. This explanation certainly holds true with me, but what have your own experiences taught you? Is change possible with time, perseverance, and commitment or is who you are a done deal by the time you reach adulthood?


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