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What determines our personality: Genetics, environment, or both?

| | June 28, 2016
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According to a study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, some of us are naturally generous and others are less so, due to not only our social environment but out genetics too.

The findings revealed that our social behavior is often determined by a set of “inherited genetic tendencies” that can predict that trajectory of our relationships. This is a departure from common belief, which suggests that the knowledge we gain from world events influences our responses and how we act in the future.

“Individuals behave differently according to which specific genetic variants they are born with,” said Dr. Sasha Dall.

In other words, our ability to be kind despite facing off with someone who is rude is inherited — someone who is rude will most likely remain rude even if they are talking to someone who is kind. That said, the current study found genes only have some influence on how we act. We are not completely bound by our genotype.

 

Read full, original post: Are You Naughty Or Nice? Personality Traits Linked To Genetics, Social Environment

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