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What determines how a child turns out to be? Is it genes or just the kind of environment he/she is brought up in? or a mix of both?

I'm talking mostly about the personality of a person. I have heard some people say that when you adopt a child, you don't know what kind of genes he or she has, so its hard to predict whether the person will turn out to be a thief or a normal person. Do genes actually determine what kind of a person a child would be or is it all upbringing?

How about children who turn out to be totally different than their parents?

Is most of the personality of the child shaped in the first 5 years of life (I've read this in many articles) or is a child born with some personality traits?

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It's a mixture of the two....nature and nurture.

It's said that the first 6 years of your life shape you as a person, in regards to your position in the family, how your parents treat you etc

Quite a coincidence that you started this topic, as im currently reading about it! For further reading check out 'They F*** You Up: How to survive family life' by Oliver James.
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Originally posted by Punjabi_chic

It's a mixture of the two....nature and nurture.

It's said that the first 6 years of your life shape you as a person, in regards to your position in the family, how your parents treat you etc

Quite a coincidence that you started this topic, as im currently reading about it! For further reading check out 'They F*** You Up: How to survive family life' by Oliver James.

Love the title of this book....must read it because the title seems spot on!

First six years, huh.......my son (6) still rides on me back and treats me like either a dog or a horse dpending on his mood............

what have I got to look forward to in the future, if my son thinks I'm a dog!!!

Right!

If I made him, I can bloody well MAKE his personality too! Easy! 

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Then how do some kids turn out to be totally different and in some cases totally opposite to their parents? Confused
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Originally posted by helloall

What determines how a child turns out to be? Is it genes or just the kind of environment he/she is brought up in? or a mix of both?

I'm talking mostly about the personality of a person. I have heard some people say that when you adopt a child, you don't know what kind of genes he or she has, so its hard to predict whether the person will turn out to be a thief or a normal person. .......

 Most theives and crooks are raised by their biological parents...Confused

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Originally posted by helloall

What determines how a child turns out to be? Is it genes or just the kind of environment he/she is brought up in? or a mix of both?

I'm talking mostly about the personality of a person. I have heard some people say that when you adopt a child, you don't know what kind of genes he or she has, so its hard to predict whether the person will turn out to be a thief or a normal person. Do genes actually determine what kind of a person a child would be or is it all upbringing? Mostly its upbringing.and the kind of exposure one has... but sometimes it can be genes of psychopathology in action as well...Smile

How about children who turn out to be totally different than their parents?

Is most of the personality of the child shaped in the first 5 years of life (I've read this in many articles) or is a child born with some personality traits? yes

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