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Heredity or Environment....which makes you you?

posted 4/13/2008 8:24:28 PM |
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Some people say heredity is what makes someone, and is more important that environment. Others claim is the environment that you're in that makes who you are, and that's more important that heredity. I believe both are important, and that it's actually both that makes you you. I feel that once someone is in the right environment that person then blossoms into the person they are, and that's where heredity starts playing more of a key role after the environment part. Which is do you feel is more important to you, heredity, or environment in life?

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Apr 13 @ 8:31PM  
Environment is what shapes the person. So I have to agree there. Genetically, a person can be born with all the goods and smarts... or they can be born with deficiencies or disabilities. Either one can blossom in the right environment.

Apr 13 @ 8:34PM  
The envirmonment can over come the genes, but the genes can't over come the environment.

Apr 13 @ 8:37PM  
Carrie, that's an interesting way of putting it...

Apr 13 @ 8:39PM  
I agree with the 2 comments above me. Environment makes a huge difference!!

Apr 13 @ 8:44PM  
Thats how I've simplified a lot of the complicated causual psychology studies that I've read about....both are important, but for the most part, it genes don't do a whole lot if the right....or rather wrong...environment isn't present.

Apr 13 @ 8:56PM  
That was an interesting theory indeed, Carrie, and accurate. I'm a supporting example.

I was raised in countryside NC. I'm cheerful and outgoing by nature, my entire family is.

The environment I was raised in was also conducive to my personality. We wave at folks driving down the road, and speaking to complete strangers is not only normal, it's expected.

I spent 9 years in South Florida. A much more hostile environment. To speak to a stranger is often to invite trouble. A common "good morning" slowly but surely faded from my day to day activities. I found myself being, if not rude, at the least, inconsiderate.

Now I've been back home about 6 months and I'm pretty much back to my old, friendly self, although I watch people much more suspiciously than before.

I agree that it's both heredity and environment. I think the difference is that some people, like myself, are lucky enough to be raised in an environment that supports their genetic dispositions, and some aren't.

Again, Straddle, you've come up with a most interesting, and inquisitive/informative blog.


Apr 13 @ 8:57PM  
Environment plays a much bigger role in what makes a person who they are, rather than genetics, but sometimes people tend to "blame" their environment for poor judgment calls. Example: two people raised in the same ghetto, same age, same schooling, basically same type of upbringing, etc. One ends up joining a gang, gets into drugs and violence and stealing, etc. The other one stays at home, stays away from the gangs and drugs, studies and strives to be a good student, and a good person, despite the fact he doesn't have a lot of things other kids have. He goes to college, gets a degree, becomes successful. Sometimes the parents can be "blamed," to a certain extent; other times poor choices are made no matter how hard the parents try to prevent them from happening.

It's a matter of differentiation between personal responsibility, sound judgment calls, goals, direction, personality characteristics, gullibility, etc., etc.

Apr 13 @ 9:03PM  
I don't think genes can affect a person's turn out in life,really...of course,I have no articles to back that up with- I just wanted to post in a soon to be epic thread,lol

Apr 13 @ 9:06PM  
basically same type of upbringing

Keep in mind I'm not trying to be combative, just trying to expand the debate....

While it may be the same basic upbringing, they still have very, very different individule experiences which in the end, over time add up, possibly causing the different outcomes you've just described. There are twin studies that support the notion that varied individual experiences, even amoung genetically identical twins reared in the same household (same environment), cause drastically different outcomes in each twin. So, as much as an overarching macro environment can shape us, ultimately, the mircocosm of our own unique lives is what affects us. The larger environment just changes the probabilities of certain events happening/certain choices being made.

Apr 13 @ 9:11PM  
that is true, which is why I said...

It's a matter of differentiation between personal responsibility, sound judgment calls, goals, direction, personality characteristics, gullibility, etc., etc.

Apr 13 @ 9:18PM  
Both dimensions can be a factors and are, but to varying extents. There are exceptions in many cases. You can take children in the same family, raised the same way, same environment, and yet they come out totally different. Good blog, but there is a lot of complexity to it and humans are not an exact science.

Apr 13 @ 9:26PM  
The interesting thing to discover would be the reason for those differences. Not generic reasons, but literal reasons -- if that would be at all possible. IOW, what is it about a person's genetic makeup and environment that make them the unique individual they are? Barring physiological/organic brain disorders, Is that individuality something that proves we are more than just physical beings, that we do have a soul/spirit? Is our conscience literally an aspect of who we are as human beings, and not just formed because of how we were raised? It would help explain the reason for different outcomes of children who raised in the same environment.

Apr 13 @ 9:39PM  
I think I have to agree with straddle, and not just cause he is cute.
But both genes and enviorment have a big impact in who you are.

I mean if you grow up in a bad neighborhood, but your parents are polite and all that good stuff, which way are you more likely to turn out?

Apr 13 @ 9:55PM  
Nobodysgirlfriend, thank you for the compliment, but that pic of me is from years ago, and I'm 41 now. Even at that time I hated having my pic made, even worse today. I'm still pretty hot today, just ask Kim...

There's a lot og great comments here in my blog comments, and it looks like we're all pretty much on the same page for the most part.

Apr 13 @ 9:58PM  
I think it's a little to do with both. People adapt with enviroment, but still have things inherited!

Apr 13 @ 10:11PM  
Heredity is the base..but I would say it's the environment you live in that shapes you into who you are.

Apr 13 @ 10:17PM  
if ur parents don't do shit then yes its ur environment... because if you don't stand for anything.. you'll fall for everything.

but to tell you the truth... it all depends on the person in generall... if you are weak minded then you could be a anything that could be around you...

Apr 13 @ 10:23PM  
Complexintricating complexity can be complexifyingly complex. T or F

I'm not smarter than a fifth-grader.


Apr 13 @ 10:25PM  
So which one is it that determines on if we are heterosexual or homosexual?

My two boys hate to read and my daughter loves it.

I'm running up the side of a muddy hill with a fifty pound back pack on. I lost my team an hour earlier. I have 20 minutes to make it to the top. Borderline impossible but I don't give up and push on harder than before. Heriditary or environment?

Or could ther be a third "something" that makes us what we are?

Apr 14 @ 9:35AM  
Did you watch "Changing Places" over the weekend? Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd figured it all out......... for $1.
Classic funny movie.

Apr 14 @ 10:49AM  
Perhaps, for the answer, you should compare a Jew, born in Germany, in the early 30's to a Jew born in Israel today.....Same heredity....different environment....just sayin'......

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Heredity or Environment....which makes you you?