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I think personality is largely biological, and something significant in the environment has to happen to you for your personality to change
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I think it's a mix of both
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There's a study of 99 pairs of separated identical twins that found some really strange personality similarities in one case where at six months, the twins' parents split and they grew up in different countries, speaking different languages, one being a Catholic Nazi and one being a Jew.

http://alfre.dk/identical-identical-twins/

"They discovered an even more extraordinary similarity one evening when they decided to visit a hypnotist together. The hypnotist, starting his routine, waited for absolute silence in the room before counting backwards to attempt to induce a trance. During this silence, Oskar felt an incredible urge to sneeze, and let it out in a deafening blast.

But it wasn’t a real sneeze. Oskar faked it. His wife soon explained that it was his idea of a joke. He liked to sneeze during uncomfortable silences.

Jack was taken aback–he had the same tendency. Whenever he was in a crowded elevator filled with the air of awkward silence, he felt the same irresistible urge to fake a sneeze. He found it humorous and thoroughly enjoyable, though he knew it was an odd thing to do. And now, he found out, his twin had the exact same oddity."

It's hard to figure out where two people would coincidentally share identical genes and pick up this habit independently. I'm not saying genes are the only answer to this particular riddle, but I'm of the opinion that they play a large role. Every once in a while I find out I have a habit or a personality trait that one of my parents has that I had never noticed. Might be subliminal conditioning, or it might be that it really comes that naturally.

The article goes on to say

"...separated identical twins are understandably less similar than identical twins raised together. However, age of separation, degree of separation, and the time spent apart did not seem to affect the difference between twins’ personalities. From this, it was suggested that a child’s early rearing environment had little impact on personality."

Pretty bold suggestion, but it's one of those things that once I heard about, I could never forget.
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Nalaniel wrote:

Is personality formed by interacting with others or is there a biological component? What ways are there to change your personality? Is it possible to change your personality all by yourself? If it's possible, how much time does it take?

I am stupid so I don't know anything about this phenomenon called personality. I'd appreciate it if you could educate me on this matter. Another option would be ignoring me/this thread. Do as you please.


Everything about a person is biological. However, ones personality is determined by their brain. Ones brain is constantly changing, forming new synapses, and collapsing old.

This description from Cenric was a good one.



I've intentionally made significant changes to my personality in my past. The process to do so took more than a year (at least) before it was fully completed. I took the route of acting out the personality I wanted to have until I had that personality. Initially, it felt like was not being "myself" and was just acting. I'm not even sure when I stopped acting and my personality had been changed.
Posted 4/29/15
My personality changes drastically depending on who I'm with. None of them are fake. All of them are me. That's why I rarely introduce friends to other friends, because I get confused about how I'm supposed to act.
Posted 4/29/15
it's hard to say.
i think it's mainly environmental. yet at the same time, you have to have some form of biological influence.
like in order to get influenced by something in the external environment... don't you have to have some sort of biological influence leading you to get influenced by what you see in the first place?

for example, if a person was never interested in art, they would never be influenced by artists or paintings in the first place. you need to have some sort of biological influence in the first place, which is the interest in art.

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Posted 4/29/15

fallenking16 wrote:

I think it's a mix of both

I would agree with this.
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dis $hit
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CSPower wrote:


dis $hit


and your enviorment
Posted 5/24/15

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all of the above (HAHAHAHAHAHA EZ ANSWER)


^ This post has personality
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I've picked up a few quirks from my friend that I can't seem to drop. She's also picked up a few quirks from me. I know I wasn't the same person before I met her, though, that's for sure.
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personality could be from genes, environment, created by yourself. it could come from a mulitiude of anything. ITs up to you to choose or not choose. Hell if I kno for sure. That's why there is google
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I believe there are inherent traits that you default to. Also no matter how you act I believe your brain still processes information in the same way it always has which makes up the core of your personality. If you're an external personality you'll never truly be able to refresh yourself without some form of external stimulus. Likewise for internal personalities that prefer solitude and their own internal stimulus.
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It pretty much boils down to the old Nature/Nurture debate.
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It can change. When I first started being a karaoke dj I wasn't very good, I was slow changing the laserdiscs, witty dj style banter with the crowd was not to be found. The guy I worked for at the time had to fire another kj and since I was closest to her 2 shows he gave them to me. I decided it was now or never. So from my theater days I sat down and outlined a character. I named him Drew he was cool, bit of a womanizer, whole lot of a flirt, and constantly had a drink in his hand. This went well At one point I had 4 bars doing 6 shows a week. But it got to the point that I was "Drew" so much that I forgot who Andrew was and It almost cost me my marriage. I am still not the person I once was and It is very hard to consciously change. It was so easy to become someone bad but so hard to go back. Its funny how that works.
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