General psychological wellbeing amongst meditators has been researched. In an attempt to determine whether length of meditation practice affects personality, These researchers used a group of meditation practitioners with various durations of practice compared with non-meditative controls.
Subjects were divided into three groups by length of meditation practice: beginners (2-4 weeks), short-term (6-12 months), and long-term (3 -8 years). Twenty non-meditating controls were selected. Results revealed a significant increase in positive personality growth as a function of length of meditation practice. Specifically, meditators with more experience reported themselves to be more confident, relaxed, satisfied, conscientious and less anxious that their less experienced counterparts. These findings indicate that positive personality growth and the psychological benefits of meditation may increase with meditative experience.