neither – or both?
Your personality is unique, but where does it come from? Were you born with it? Or was it etched onto a blank slate by your experiences and your environment?
This is the old nature-versus-nurture debate, also known as “heredity-versus-environment,” and it’s not the kind of question that can be answered with certainty. However, heredity is appearing to have a much greater influence on personality and behavior than once thought.
Jan is the author of The Cultural Psyche of India: Guidance for the U.S. Marketer. She is a member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology and an associate member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She holds a master's in organizational psychology from the University of London and has written as a consultant for the life sciences industry since 1993.