Are Personalities Inherited or Built?
This kid at the school science fair had a really cool project looking at how closely people’s personalities align with the traits commonly assigned to various star signs. I know that doesn’t sound very scientific, but it was more in the personality psychology vein. Anyway, he had you circle 5 positive traits about yourself and 5 negative traits to join the research.
While I didn’t align at all with Gemini traits, it was interesting to boil down my personality to a few adjectives. I wish I could find the sheet. The only things I remember putting down were anxious and inflexible.
My parents are not anxious or inflexible, so I didn’t learn this from them. My kids are not inflexible, but they are definitely anxious. Actually, they’re anxious-lite; more cautious than anxious.
Anyway, on the heels of that science fair project, the Atlantic had a very interesting article on personality psychology that outlined this question: “To what extent is our personality given to us, and to what extent do we make it ourselves?”
I definitely didn’t choose to be anxious, and I don’t enjoy being anxious, but while I can temper my anxiety from day to day, it would feel really unnatural to try to be carefree. I’m just not a carefree, wind-in-my-hair type person, and it would feel as if I were acting if I pretended otherwise. So… inherited… right? Except it’s probably learned? But from where?
It’s an interesting discussion, and the Atlantic article made me want to read more about it. Not about Trump as it states at the end of the article, since he makes me tired, but personality psychology in general as applied to myself. Because it’s all about meeeeeeeeeeee.
Do you have the same personality traits as your parents?