Assignment 3: Personality 1. Why was Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow study so controversial at the time? Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow study was considered to be controversial as people belonging to that time did not accept it, but were rather skeptical. 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. Eventually, the audience assumed the opposite of his intended goal: that the future of our children is determined by their response to the study. They did not agree that children who pick up traits at a younger age will carry on the same traits later in their life as adults. 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? In other words, what do the conclusions of this research suggest for prison and for therapy? (HINT: therapy helps people to change their behavior to be more adaptive/healthy) This research showed us that personality is not permanent for a long time and is subject to change which makes it flexible. However, personality need not remain consistent throughout one’s life, it may be influenced to a certain extent or changed completely in case of any personal loss or trauma. Therefore, in case of prisoners, it may be possible for them to change their personality from what it initially was when they committed the crime.
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