Do you believe in hardwire behavior? It’s the idea of being genetically predisposed to certain behaviors such as alcoholism, anger, violence and other such things. It would mean we could blame our genes for being too heavy or too skinny. Certainly our appearance comes from our genes. It might even explain an aversion to green beans or the love for football. This illustrates the Nature theory.
However, much research has explored whether personality and inherited characteristics are the result of the environment in which we were raised. It’s the Nurture side of the debate, that behaviors and attitudes are learned in early childhood and carried with us into our adult lives.
Examples of Nature or Inherited Behavior?
- Red heads are predisposed to anger.
- Irishmen are natural-born drinkers.
- Females are more naturally fearful than males.
- “I was born to hate.”
Examples of Nurture or Generational Transmission
- Low self-esteem or negative self-image.
- Prejudice, hatred and violence towards certain groups.
- Wife and child abuse.
- “Grandpa was like that, so was Dad, and so am I”
Are any of those eight ideas rooted in fact? Are any of them true? Have they been established by scientific study?
AN INWARD PERSPECTIVE
We may not like certain aspects of ourselves. Aspects that were either transmitted in childhood or received at birth. People can struggle with behaviors and attitudes that overcome them, creating many kinds of conflict in adult life. Do we accept it for the way it is, that we have to live with it? Or can we overcome our, “Bad DNA?”
Whether it’s hardwired or something we were taught, many struggle with habits, behaviors and attitudes assimilated in childhood.
In Wednesday’s blog I’ll try to give some encouragement and some hopefully helpful steps in overcoming some of what we’ve carried since childhood. Things that defeat subdue us.
On Wednesday: “Overcoming Our Bad DNA, Part Two”