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Nature Vs. Nurture: Does Our Genes Effect Our Personalities?

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When we think of genes and inherited traits we often think about the physical traits we inherit from our parents and ancestors. In every other facet of our lives we are taught to look beyond the physical and look at people for "who they are". Our personality, the way we act, react, and interact in situations and with other people, makes us who we are more than any physical attribute. Can personality traits be inherited similarly to physical traits, or are they based solely on how we are raised, and in the experiences we go through? The role of genetics in personality is at the center of the timeless nature vs. nurture debate. When it comes to personality the question is, have our genes determined our fate of who we will be long before we live out our lives, or does our environment, the way we are raised, and the experiences we go through, the most important influence in becoming ourselves?
Personality can be defined in many ways, depending on the realm it is being analyzed in, and in the context of the situation, often with conflicting theories. According to the New York Academy of Sciences, psychology defines personality as essentially one’s general profile, which can be best be defined as being dynamic, organized, and constant; it is a unique set of psychological character traits that refer to his or her unique nature; a pattern of thoughts, feelings, social adjustments, and behaviors consistently exhibited over time that strongly influences one’s expectations, self-perceptions, values, and attitudes. Although personality traits come in many forms, there is a general consensus that most variation in human behavior can be categorized by a few core dimensions. According to Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, in modern psychology and personality analysis, traits are categorized in terms of the “Big 5” categories as bipolar dimensions, which emphasize five major dimensions of personality that appear to be universally cross-cultural - openness to experience (curious, imaginative vs. shallow, simple), conscientiousness (dependable, organized vs. careless, irresponsible), extraversion (social, assertive vs. quiet, withdrawn), agreeableness (cooperative, warm vs. cold, quarrelsome), and neuroticism (anxious, emotional vs. calm, unemotional).
According to The Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, one method used to analyze the genetics in personality has been the candidate gene approach. Candidate gene approach investigates the association between genetic variation and phenotypes. “The first potential link is between some behaviors related to novelty-seeking and a gene that produces the protein responsible for creating a dopamine receptor called DRD4….the second candidate is linked to neuroticism, by producing a protein related to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Also known as the serotonin transporter gene or 5-HTTLPR, it has the strongest evidence linking it to neuroticism 1qaVand other anxiety-related traits, such...

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