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Stability of Personality

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Which is most accurate about psychology’s current understanding of how stable personality is across situations?

A

There is no such thing as “personality”; the current situation fully dictates our behavior.

B

A person's personality traits are most stable in young adulthood and become much more inconsistent as they age.

C

Culture is the single greatest factor in shaping a personality; therefore personality is stable because it reflects what a culture values, even if a person leaves their birth culture.

D

A person’s scores on the Big Five factors are the strongest predictor of behavior in any situation.

E

Everybody has basic tendencies, but situations play a role in our immediate behavior and can alter those basic traits.