Are we born good, evil, or neither? According to the National Institute of Health, the answer would be yes…kinda. It is understood that human behavior is subject to genetic variation. Our personality, intellectual ability, emotional level, and mental health are all, to a large extend, are genetically inherited. Studies on twins specifically aid to the finding that how we act hinges on multiple variables, one of which is genetics. Identical twins are born with the exact same level of tolerance for certain chemicals in the brain, what differs between twins is their ability to push themselves past their limit. A teacher here at Judge, Dr. Dasch Houdeshel himself has a pair of twins. In class he shared a story about their skiing adventures, he noticed that one of the twins, who always feels like she comes in second to her counterpart pushed herself to stay standing longer than her sister. They both felt the exact same amount of fear when barrelling down the mountain, but an environmental factor, a competitive sibling relationship, pushed her to overcome her fear. While people are all genetically predisposed to acting in a certain fashion, it doesn’t mean we can’t change the makeup of our brain and change as a person.
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