Influences on Personality

Ever wonder where your personality comes from?

genetics play a part in personality

Inherited traits, mixed with experiences, help shape our personality. But personality comes from a lot more than just genetics...

Childhood also is a key factor on personality

Inherited traits may become stronger if your parents re-enforce them. Also, the number of children in your family and birth order can influence your personality. The experiences people go through, as well as how they interact with others, will shape future values and beliefs.

Some other influences...

Personality- “the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual”

Personality Testing

There are 2 common tests for testing personality; the first of which being testing identical twins who have been separated at birth. Scientists do this because these twins are genetically the same, but have been raised differently. This is the same reason they test adopted children and their biological parents.

Personality disorders

Personality disorders also develop from genetics. But, besides genetics, disorders also can come from relationships, high sensitivity, verbal abuse, and childhood trauma.

your Personality can affect your health

Certain personalities are linked to diseases and illnesses such as headaches, asthma, arthritis, peptic ulcers, and heart disease.


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