Penn State Capital Campus
Personality is a very broad term, and my belief lies in the idea that everyone has an independent view on how they define personality. My views on how personality evolves in an individual is based upon several influences. Influences such as heredity, cultural, social and environmental factors, and personal choice all add to the relative impression of personality. In my own personal opinion, I believe personality’s primary characteristics are based from the idea that we obtain traits through biological and hereditary elements, but most importantly I believe that we are each the creator of who we want to be ultimately. Genetics play an important role with personality because we all have this preconceived notion that boys are supposed to behave differently than girls. Boys are seen to be this more dominant, masculine type. On the other hand, girls are supposed to be dainty, passionate, and more caring. Also, genetic traits are passed from the parents to offspring, indicating that personality could indeed to be genetically acquired. Realistically speaking, if a person’s parents displayed certain personality characteristics those characteristics would be passed down to offspring. For instance, if I knew a person who displayed traits of being outgoing and very optimistic, I might assume that their parents were also outgoing and optimistic. Physical appearance could also lead to differences in personality. Someone who is insecure about their appearance might play into a bigger involvement with how they learned to either accept or deny their image through their parents. Biology cannot account for all determinants of personality because a family could have multiple children, but not all of those children are going to have an exact replication of their parent’s personality. Certainly they will develop some traits, but not all.