QUESTION 3:  Were there any changes in your personality since your NDE?

According to this article on Wikipedia, "personality" is defined as:'s characteristic way of feeling, behaving and thinking which is often conceptualized as a person's standing on each "Big Five" personality trait (1) extraversion; (2) neuroticism; (3) openness to experience; (4) agreeableness; and (5) conscientiousness.

Potential sources of personality change include the impact of social roles on a person (e.g., employment), life stages (e.g., adolescence), and changes during old age. Stressful life events such as negative life experiences, long-term difficulties, and deteriorated life quality, all predict small but persistent increases in neuroticism. On the other hand, positive life events, and improved life quality, predict small but persistent decreases in neuroticism. There appears to be no point during the lifespan that neuroticism is unchanging over time. There are also multiple ways for an individual's personality to change. The Big Five personality traits are often used to measure change in personality.


According to Harvard professor Phillip L. Berman, there are ten major "personality changes" in people who've undergone an NDE:

1. An amazing ability to live in the present.
2. An abiding sense of deep confidence.
3. An immense decreased interest in material possessions.
4. Spirituality becomes central and important.
5. A much higher natural compassion.
6. A strong sense of life's purpose.
7. The sense that all life and love has inherent value.
8. An amazing ability to enjoy a high degree of solitude and silence.
9. A desire to live a more social, communitarian, participatory form of life.
10. A strong sense of wonder and perennial sense of gratitude.