Posts Tagged ‘adolescence’

The Laughter

August 23, 2010

The portrait of the artist as a giggling first grade maniac

I recently caught wind of a study purporting that personality may be cemented by the time a person starts the first grade.  According to this study, the degree to which an individual possesses certain qualities determines behavior patterns throughout life, which ultimately casts the proverbial die of personal destiny.  For instance: the impulsive child gives rise to the loudmouthed adult while her more cautious colleague blooms into the wallflower.  “We remain recognizably the same person,” states study author Christopher Nave.  Nave is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Riverside.  I am a smartass with two degrees in English.  I think it’s kind of cute that scientists like Nave have finally gotten around to “proving” something that English majors like me has known for over 100 years:  “the child is the father of the man.” (more…)