Behavioral consistency has been at the center of debates regarding the stability of personality. We argue that people are consistent but that such consistency is best observed in nonverbal behavior. In Study 1, participants' verbal and nonverbal behaviors were observed in a mock interview and then in an informal interaction. In Study 2, medical students' verbal and nonverbal behaviors were observed during first- and third-year clinical skills evaluation. Nonverbal behavior exhibited consistency across context and time (a duration of 2 years) whereas verbal behavior did not. Discussion focuses on implications for theories of personality and nonverbal behavior.
Journal of Nonverbal Behaviorvol.
34, (January 01, 2010):