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Old 07-21-2011, 07:55 AM
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Default Is our personality determined by our surroundings?

In other words... "If you lived my life, would you be the same?"

I was thinking about it yesterday after shower. I had another topic to add to the debate section, but one is enough for now.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:17 AM
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Well, I'd say that certainly our surroundings influence who we are, and that includes the people we grow up knowing. However, I wouldn't say that personality is completely dependent on surroundings. Maybe I'll write more later but that's my really quick two cents for now.

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:50 AM
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I'd say it's more "influenced" by our surroundings.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:40 AM
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It's surroundings, genetics, etc. A little bit of everything, but not entirely anything.

This is pretty much an empirical fact actually. There have been all kinds of studies related to the different aspects of this question (such as with identical twins and what not).
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:57 AM
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Do you think this also relates to existence of soul?
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well if we're not just empty shells that get filled with impulses from the outer world which would result in our actions, doesn't that say there's also an individual soul present in the consciousness, or is that just a factor of randomness that plays part in the course of our actions?
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well if we're not just empty shells that get filled with impulses from the outer world which would result in our actions, doesn't that say there's also an individual soul present in the consciousness, or is that just a factor of randomness that plays part in the course of our actions?
What do you mean by a soul?
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What do you mean by a soul?
...a soul?
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It means different things to different people. Personally, I don't believe anything external to the body exists, but you probably think differently.
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Determined - no. Influenced, certainly.

Some elements are genetic, such as intelligence, but whether someone lives up to their genetic potential is based on their life as well.

Traits such as likes and dislikes are likely to have a larger influenced component, but there have still been many studies showing genetic predispositions within all sorts of tastes and interests.
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I was recently in a conversation with a man who is a father 3 times over, and he mentioned that all of his children showed the personality they still have very early on, like in their first week. As you can imagine, having the same upbringing should make their personalities similar, but it doesn't. So living anothers life will not make you him.
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Someone's personality could only be majorly influenced in development, me thinks. Maybe as time and surrounding changes there might be some small differ in their personality.
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well, idk i am surrounded by rich snobby people with millions of dollars in big houses and nice cars and ****, yet i go against the concept of money, and showers, and cars.

the only reason that made me change my mind was after how i saw others live, then i realized that you really don't need any of things to be happy, because they haven't made me any happier.
this one doesn't fit lol
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i know but that doesn't mean i have to like showers

i always find "rich" people being cleaner then most
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If you have weak self respect , you will adapt to your surroundings and accept values that you would otherwise despise in order to belong to a group , some stay that way , some gain the ability to self reflect and to evaluate things such as values , morals etc. , your surroundings sure does have an impact on the beginning of your life aswell as the people you are surrounding yourself with but in the end , you decide for yourself who you want to be , or not to be.
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