The most enduring aspect of personality and the one that’s the most consistent predictor of success is conscientiousness. Conscientiousness is hardwired and reflects carefulness, vigilance and a desire to do well.
Conscientious people are well-organized and efficient. This trait takes a hit when people are jobless. The core personality changes under the conditions of unemployment.
The longer men are unemployed, the more their conscientiousness declines. Women were more conscientious in the earlier and later stages, but had a slump in the middle.
As joblessness continues, men may not see a need to put energy into being organized and efficient because there’s no reason to do anything well.
Women, on the other hand, become aware that they’re dropping the ball, get anxious about the decline and resume their previous level of efficiency.
Jobs have the power to change us.
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