University of Edinburgh researchers carried out a personality test on Scottish school children in 1947 and then again 63 years later – and results show they had completely different characters.
It’s good news for awkward teenagers the world over, as it turns out you really do become a completely different person as you get older.
Scientists carried out personality tests on people at the age of 14, and then again more than sixty years later when they were 77 years old.
The team found hardly any relationship between traits people had as adolescents and those in their golden years.
Dr Wendy Johnson, who was involved in the research, could draw some very general conclusions about personality development.
Speaking to MailOnline she said: ‘Very broadly, adolescents become rather less conscientious, more impulsive, more willing to take risks and seek adventure, more moody and irritable, and more social for a few years, then reverse those trends as they move into adulthood.
‘First jobs and then parenthood tend to accentuate the trends toward general maturity and better and more stable mood.
‘In older age, people tend to become more accepting of themselves and all that goes with that.
‘But there are large individual differences in these patterns and lots of that depends on what’s going on in a person’s life.