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Thread #33051   Message #440386
Posted By: Jeri
14-Apr-01 - 10:13 AM
Thread Name: MC.Personalities. Cyber, & in the flesh.
Subject: RE: MC.Personalities. Cyber, & in the flesh.
And I thought I'd have to have a different number of chromosomes to be a jellyfish...oh well.

In any case, I don't think genes have all that much to do with personality, which is what we're discussing. They undoubtedly have something to do with it, but have no effect on how we learn to treat other people, whether it's someone who's a friend, or someone we don't know and never will meet. This is probably learned behavior as opposed to personality, but it's the most evident thing when we first meet other people.

Me, I'm always apt to try to avoid "groupthink." I'm equally as apt to try to avoid rebelling just for the sake of rebelling. The former probably comes from my mom, who would come into the room when I was watching a big-scary-monster movie, and root for the monster. ("Oh, poor King Kong! He just wants to go home, and they're scaring him, and...") It's why I avoid the "get the guest" games. I don't want to be part of the angry mob of townspeople going after the monster with torches and farm implements.

As for the latter - the rebelling - I just hate feeling like I knee-jerk in any direction. We've all seen people who disagree with the predominant way of thinking simply because it IS the predominant way of thinking, and they seem to take great care in being seen to hold a different view. They're just as controlled by group mentality as the ones who conform.

I'm just as much a social animal as anyone else, but I try to figure out not if I agree or disagree, but what I think. This isn't something I was born with, and it's technically not an aspect of personality. It has nothing to do with genes, other than genes making it possible for me to learn. I do think that we learn to react certain ways from our parents, so it's something we inherit, although not biologically. Those who've learned to treat others like crap will continue to do so unless they learn another way. It's possible, but I don't think it happens very often.