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A little discussed effect of therapy: it changes your personality

19 January 2017

Analysis of psychotherapy studies suggests that it can be associated with significant personality changes.

A meta-analysis in Psychological Bulletin has found that just a few weeks of therapy is associated with significant and long-lasting changes in clients' personalities.

Looking at 207 psychotherapy and associated studies published between 1953 and 2013 and involving more than 20,000 participants overall, Brent Roberts of the University of Indiana and his team found that reductions in Neuroticism and increases in Extraversion were particularly common.

They also discovered that personality changes happened remarkably quickly, with just four weeks of therapy being enough to induce meaningful change in some cases.

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