Assignment 3: Personality 1. Why was Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow study so controversial at the time? His marshmallow study was considered very controversial at the time because the results of experiments was interpreted properly and thus, not accepted by everyone. His results interpreted by the audience was that the kids who waited for the person to come back in the room to eat the marshmallow and get an extra marshmallow, would do much better later in life. Ultimately, Walter Mischel’s study made everyone assume the opposite of his intended goal: that the future of our children is determined by their response to the study. Indicating that how the children act and the traits they carry at a younger age, will be consistent with their adult versions, and they did not agree. 2. What implications does the research covered in this episode have for prison inmates? What implications does the research covered in this episode have for therapy? Through the research we learned that scientifically, nothing is fixed throughout a life time, and that personality is flexible. Overall, personality doesn’t necessarily be completely consistent, because people’s personality can change through trauma, and due to the specific situations, they are put in. Thus, for prisoners, it must mean they are much more than the crimes they committed, meaning that it is possible for them to change from the person they were when they committed their crimes. Just as Dan was able to
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