Midterm Exam Question 2
2. Describe one personality trait that you believe to be highly heritable (mostly a product of genetics) and another trait that seems to be much less so. Provide reasons for your answer, and explain why you would expect genetics to exert a much greater impact on some personality traits than on others.
Some of our personality traits are genetics while others are environment. I think one personality trait that is highly heritable would be addiction. Addiction is the physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances. There are several things negative and positive that a person can be addicted to. Some traits are associated with alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, work, food. You can pretty much be addicted to anything. It is said addiction is 50% genetic predisposition and 50% poor coping skills. Everyone has the genetic predisposition for addiction because of the pleasure it can cause a potential risk for addiction. Although everyone has a potential for addiction, some people are more predisposed to addiction than others. If you start out with a low genetic predisposition for addition, you can still be addicted. Repeating say abusing drugs and or alcohol due to poor coping skills, you are rewiring you brain. So the impact of addiction is detrimental and can happen with simply coping poorly with your life situations.
One trait that I don’t think is highly heritable would be openness. Openness is the general appreciation of art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, imagination, and curiosity. It puts a category between imaginative people from down to earth folks. Some examples of openness would be a rich vocabulary, vivid imagination, use of difficult words, and so on. Openness people are very expressive and imaginative. I think it isn’t that crucial as a genetic trait. It is also affect by the environment. It is 57% genetic predisposition 43% environmental.
Outlining both personality traits...