The Renaissance Personality: New Study Reveals Characteristics Of People Who Love Change

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A new study by indicates that people who embrace and thrive in changing times are more than just resilient – they’re open-minded, curious, driven, and so much more.

People who embrace change are more likely to be open-minded, resilient, curious, and confident.

People who thrive on change are unique. They’re curious, open-minded, flexible, and hunger for knowledge.

We may not always like change but sometimes, it’s exactly what we need to jumpstart our life and make things better.

Despite amazing advances in technology in an ever-changing world, most people are still very much creatures of habit. They have the same morning routine, generally shop at the same places, and stick to the same comfort foods they love best. This is often why many become fearful when dramatic change looms on the horizon or, worse yet, blindsides them on an idle Tuesday. Others become angry, and stubbornly refuse to concede to the inevitable.

So why is it that some individuals not only thrive on change, they purposely seek it out? According to research from PsychTests, it’s more than just a hunger for adventure – it’s a matter of personality.

In their analysis of the 3,781 people who took their Big Five Personality Test, researchers at PsychTests compared two distinct groups: Those who adapt easily to change and those who don’t. Here’s where they differ:

  •     Not surprisingly, 66% of change-adapters (vs. 23% of change-avoiders) go out of their way to try new things. This can be anything from a new route to work, a new restaurant, or even a totally new career.
  •     81% of change-adapters (vs. 48% of change-avoiders) are broad-minded. They seek out different perspectives of the world from different people, and are mentally flexible.
  •     61% of change-adapters (vs. 18% of change-avoiders) enjoy meeting new people. They are outgoing and friendly.
  •     89% of change-adapters (vs. 50% of change-avoiders) have an intense hunger for knowledge. When a topic interests them, they will learn everything they can about it from as many sources as possible.
  •     84% of change-adapters (vs. 52% of change-avoiders) continuously strive toward self-improvement. They believe that learning and development is a lifelong process, and that there is always room to grow, be it personally, professionally, psychologically, or spiritually.
  •     Along the same lines, 64% of change-adapters (vs. 38% of change-avoiders) set the bar high for themselves. They don’t just try to meet expectations, they strive to exceed them.
  •     87% of change-adapters (vs. 40% of change-avoiders) have strong, solid self-esteem. They recognize their value, have a healthy dose of self-respect, and believe in themselves.
  •     78% of change-adapters (vs. 42% of change-avoiders) nurture their creativity. They are innovators who make it a point to think outside the box.
  •     Rather than depending on others to motivate them, 72% of change-adapters (vs. 40% of change-avoiders) are self-motivated. Even when it comes to difficult or unpleasant tasks, they are able to find the incentive from within to move forward.
  •     Similarly, 85% of change-adapters (vs. 55% of change-avoiders) are driven to succeed. They won’t stop until they finish what they’ve set out to do.
  •     51% of change-adapters (vs. 22% of change-avoiders) like to be kept busy. They hate being left idle and are always working toward a goal or objective.
  •     72% of change-adapters (vs. 52% of change-avoiders) tackle each task they take on with eagerness and dedication, no matter how inconsequential.
  •     76% of change-adapters (vs. 32% of change-avoiders) are good under pressure. They are even-keeled and can handle stress.
  •     52% of change-adapters (vs. 22% of change-avoiders) make it a point to pick their battles. They have learned to let go of the little things that are just not worth worrying about.
  •     71% of change-adapters (vs. 50% of change-avoiders) take pride in being different. They like standing out from the crowd.
  •     Despite their tendency to be spontaneous and to seek out the new and unknown, the majority of change-adapters (68%) are actually quite content with their life (vs. 32% of change-avoiders). This may be because they always have something new and exciting to pursue, and a life with purpose contributes to life satisfaction.

“Although we can avoid some changes, the world will continue to progress with or without us. When change is thrust upon you – job loss, divorce, a new addition to the family, new technologies or business models at work - the only thing you can do is adapt; otherwise, you’ll be left behind,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “The main reason why we avoid change is fear: The fear of not being able to cope, of losing the comfort of familiarity, of ambiguity and the unknown, of pushing our boundaries and stepping outside our comfort zone. But here’s the thing about change: The only way you will learn to adapt is to dive into in those mystery waters. And our research shows that those who embrace change are actually happier, more flexible, and resilient. We may not always like change but sometimes, it’s exactly what we need to jumpstart our life and make things better.”

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PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.

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