The COVID-19 pandemic made an abrupt change in the conduct of our lives as well as within ourselves mentally and emotionally. Contrary to expected belief, It paved the way for a more defined and meaningful personality shift. In a study by PRNewsWire (2021) across 2,000 consumers in the United States, it was found that challenges, circumstances, and changes brought about by the Coronavirus have made people feel smarter, be more open to trying new experiences at a more conscientious level, more agreeable and detached from their relationships.
Notable results were that majority of the respondents or 86% mentioned that they saw a change parallel to at least one of the Big Five personality traits due to the pandemic. Forty percent realized becoming more conscientious, while thirty-eight percent felt being open to new experiences. Surprisingly, even one-third or thirty-three percent of the respondents reported increased agreeableness in these trying times despite moments of constant stress.Read More