Military service, even without combat, has a lingering effect on personality, and may make veterans less agreeable.
It’s no secret that battlefield trauma can leave veterans with deep emotional scars that impact their ability to function in civilian life. New research from Washington University in St. Louis suggests that this effect could potentially make it more difficult for veterans to get along with friends, family, and co-workers.
“Our results suggest that personality traits play an important role in military training, both in the sort of men who are attracted to the military in the first place, and in the lasting impact that this service has on an individual’s outlook on life,” says lead author Joshua J. Jackson, assistant professor of psychology.
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