Originally posted by slugger9787
reply to post by FyreByrd
How about quit taking the misguided social worker paradigm that blames everyone
else and negates personality responsibility of the individual for their own actions.
Next thing you know the fault of misbehavior will be laid at the
doorstep of your mother for
sitting you on the potty crooked.
How did you know my mother did that?
Stay out of my bathroom, mister!
Seriously, though.... while you have a point, that personal responsibility is important and more people should take some, your post almost makes it
sound as though a person's personality is an isolated phenomenon, and that simply isn't the case.
I have come to suspect that there may be a genetic factor involved with formation of personality. If so, I think it's only a small piece of the
puzzle... but I think some type of genetic influence may be present. Aside from that, one's upbringing and life experience plays a massive role in how
one's personality will turn out. You think it's purely coincidental that many serial killers were raised by, overbearing, often deeply religious
mothers? I'm not saying that's any kind of excuse, or implying that is the only (or even most important) factor. But when looking at the big picture,
and looking for patterns, one can see that it may be a relevant factor in some cases.
I think aside from possible genetic factors and what our parents did raising us, the other experiences we have during our formative years, and input
from society, the media, etc are all important factors in our development.
Further... if you've ever taken a "psychotropic" substance-- be that a "psych med" or certain other ones I'm not allowed to specifically discuss, or
even alcohol, or nicotine, you may have some first-hand experiential knowledge of how much our neurochemistry can affect our thoughts, behaviors, and
thus ultimately our personalities. If you are currently or ever have been a regular user of any type of substance I mentioned above, you may have the
additional factor of having outside chemical influence on your personality. How many kids these days grow up
taking some kind of psych med or
other, sometimes for years, or well into adulthood....?
And how much do we know about external factors influencing brain development? We do know that what may seem like minor nutritional changes can have
major and/or lasting impact on development. What might this mean for your developing brain, and whatever substances are going into your body, while
No person is an island. And that is one of the reasons that people are one of the trickiest things to study, especially when we're talking about
psychology and personal development. And wanting to understand which factors may have influence over a thing like this, is not quite the same as
looking for "excuses," even though some may try to use it as such.
edit on 3-2-2013 by iwilliam because: (no reason given)