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Your personality: Is it something you were born with or did it develop over time as a result of your life experiences?

Please give a reason for what you believe is responsible for your own personality.
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Your enviroment shapes your personality greatly, IMO.
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tommythecat
This is correct.
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Score one for the stupid American.
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tommythecat
Making them proud lol.
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We all know since Hicks and Carlin died, I am the smartest American.
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Ghost-of-the-Marlboro-Man
Smoking made me a better person.
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Oh Nature vs Nurture was my favorite topic at college it's really interesting. I believe its mainly nature but I think our surrounding still affect us. I think humans are like art on a canvass, when we are born we are sketched out in pencil, our basic personality traits, our nurological issues and how we react to stress, Then as we grow everything starts to get shaded in with our own personal colours, our fears, our experiences, our joy. Colour is always being added constantly changing the piscure but never removing the original sketches.
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i disagree with you. but instead of comming up with a good rebuttle with some points in favor of nuture over nature i'm just going to call you a hippy! or maybe you went to art school or something but i dunno you're weird.

ahh whatever i'll spare one point. take a lion for example. it is in the lion's nature to hunt and kill. it makes the lions' personallity very agressive yet it does not attack any humans.

it doesn't need to. the humans feed it, and it is not in a lions' nature to be fed yet it still directly effects the personallity of the lion. no longer in need of hunting and killing the lion abandons his nature and thus nurture has conquored nature.
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I was talking purely about human psychology
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then why don't you read my comment directly underneath us? (refering to feral children.)

Besides, if a primal lion can over come nature then our highly developed consious minds can't?
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I'm not saying we can't I agree that the enviroment shapes us a grear deal however the neurological traits we are born with never leave us such as depressive tendancies
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look at a feral child. the mannerisms of a feral child show great evidence that a lot of human "nature" is taught including speach.

seems to me that human nature is more like human culture but i should write a book about it instead of blabbering.
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wigsplitz
Parts of it, I mean some of it is chemical/biological.
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Both. I can't quite remember my textbook but I think temperament is the word for what you're born with, and personality develops from that.

I'm open to correction, I did this shit years ago.
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thisissomuchfun
I think you're right. At least that's what I just learned at school about it. :)
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Aww yay :) I figured you'd know, and your study is a lot more current than mine :)
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thisissomuchfun
The most interesting studies about it are the ones conducted on identical twins, paternal twins, and adopted children. Basically, the twins show correlations between personality and environment, but the adopted children show a strong correlation between genetics and personality. It's really interesting stuff.

There's also a well-respected longitudinal study of personality that has been going on for the past fifty years and the results are showing that the Big Five personality traits stay fairly consistent over a lifetime.
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doesn't temperment change too?

naive jolly kid;
grumpy old man.
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"Temperament is behavioral style: the how of behavior rather than the what or why. Temperamental differences are present at birth; they influence how children behave toward individuals and objects in their environments and how they are affected by the environment."

From http://www.temperament.com/temperament.comfaqs.html

Sorry, I'm too tired and lazy to look into this properly right now :/

Basically, temperament is innate characteristics.
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hmm... most babies seem to be more or less the same to me.

i just remember being happy and naive once. now i'm just grumpy and naive.
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Ehhh I work with kids. Babies are different. You can get one baby that is an absolute dream to look after, easy to settle, eats well, rarely cries, then the next baby along in that exact same family - screams bloody murder at the slightest little thing, won't sleep, fusses when they eat, insists on being held, etc etc.

Once medical reasons for child #2's behaviours are ruled out, that's put down to temperament. IE child #1 has an 'easy' temperament and child #2 has a 'difficult' temperament.

That's not to say that child #1 will be a ray of sunshine and child #2 will be a grumpy cunt their whole lives, just that child #1 will be more predispositioned to adjust well to situations etc.

I think. I literally just woke up, so yeah...
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I was not this awesome when i hatched. I deserve an award for my accomplishment and I'm not even done yet.
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I think both. I think you are born with some characteristics because of the way your brain is wired but you also learn a lot of things from your environment and it shapes you.
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Part of your personality is shaped by genetic factors, and part is shaped by environmental factors.
This is why some people who work in the social sciences, like to study identical twins separated at birth.
Also, there are some genetic traits that re-exhibit themselves, after skipping a generation, meaning your grandparents might have had these (dominant genes), but possibly not your parents (recessive genes).
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Ahh, nature nurture debate.
I have been told by numerous Professors that we are all born with a certain temperament, but our personality as a whole is shaped greatly by the particular set of genes we have and the triggers in our environment that bring them out.
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thisissomuchfun
Your personality stays relatively consistent, but your environment shapes your motivations which are likely to change over time depending on your experiences.
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Born with the patience to put up with things you would like to learn and visa versa. Americas past time, baseball and football. my dad made me watch. I hate them. Hockey and MMA for me. My ex was molested and saw mother abused by drunk dad. She is an emotionally abusive drunk. I was molested and saw mother abused. I make sure no woman I know deals with that and my child has the best father anyone knows. Our actions are shaped by the thoughts only we possess. My friends imitate rap artists, I realized that I can be a better man. We had the same type of mothers which is why we were friends. Almost the same childhood. I used what I learned in life and applied them the way I wanted to
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just because somone imitates rap culture makes them a total douchebag doesn't mean that you are "the better man" in fact you're probably not the better man for thinking you're so awesome.

if you don't like rap, it's okay. you can't help it you were born that way. i saw yo pictcha in the news. your ugly mug gave me the blues. it looked all twisted and deformed. at your picture we did mourn. you stuck your nose up at a whole sub-culture. now they're going to fuck your mother.

so if we see you strutting with a limp... it's not because your bad it's cuz you got your ass kicked. acted like you were better than everyone so we took you downtown, tossed you aroun, beat your pale ass until you couldn't get up the groun.

you see me rap and you start to judge me. but i'm not the fucking wigga you thought i ought to be. so leave the white boys alone who want to be black, it's not cool that you talk way too much smack. be disrepectful to me and i'll treat you with a whack.

i bet after reading this you think you're better than me. but i know that could never be, i've been rapping like this since i was three. and i'll break your mother fucking knee. i'll use the bat break you up on your mat. i learned to ryhme from reading the cat in the hat.
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imitate rap culture as in the hardcore, "I gotta sell drugs and join a gang and die" which a couple did in that order. We all had a choice. YES, we did. He really CHOSE to do those things because it was "cool". We don't live in a neighborhood where you have no other choice.
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ilovesexytime
It's a mixture, but I'd say your environment shapes you more than genetics.
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