Monday, March 5, 2012

Parental Influence On Personality

According to psychologist Steven Pinker, parental influence does not play a significant role, if at all, on the personalities of children. He states that through many studies and tests it has been determined that parental influence only accounts for about 0-10% of a child's personality. Genes account for a bit more than that and the peer culture that surrounds a child (as well as chance) accounts for about 50% of a child's personality. What's interesting to me is just how much culture influences personality. Thinking about it now, it makes sense, but it's still quite interesting to think that the environment that surrounds a child primarily influences what clothes they wear, what music they listen to, and what accent they have. If anyone knows or hears about a delinquent child, teen, or even adult, they will most likely jump to the conclusion that they had a mother or father who raised them wrong or something. According to various studies, this does not seem to be the case.

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