Keynote Address/Opening Ceremony
Can Personality Be Changed?
Time and Location
Thursday May 24, 2007, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
International Ballroom Center
Intellectual wars have been waged over the origin, nature, and malleability of personality. Are personality and character best seen in terms of deep-seated and immutable traits, or is meaningful change possible? If change is possible, what are the theoretical traditions that predict it and what is the research that supports it? I will present an array of research on targeted interventions that created important change in key aspects of personality. I will discuss the mechanisms through which change occurred, and I will describe a view of personality that encompasses these changes.