Personality plasticity, healthy aging, and interventions

Daniel K. Mroczek*

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This commentary on the special section on conscientiousness and healthy aging focuses on several topics brought up in this collection of articles. One is the promise of personality interventions. Despite skepticism on the part of some, such interventions may ultimately prove successful. This is in part because of similarities between personality dimensions and cognitive dimensions and in part due to evidence showing personality is more dynamic and plastic than once believed. The commentary concludes with a discussion of the role of longitudinal investigations to inform interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1470-1474
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2014


  • Aging
  • Lifespan development
  • Personality
  • Personality interventions
  • Plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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