PERSONALITY AND LEARNING

Even identical twins have subtle differences in personality and learning capacities due to environmental influences, but overall tendencies may be informed by genetics. These factors don’t directly determine specific behavior, but knowing about your personal predispositions can give you revealing insights into your individual challenges and assets.

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Personality Profile

ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY

ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY

An addictive personality is a sign of various addictions, typically caused by a reduced response to pleasure. This leads to self-medicating activities that activate the pleasure centers of the brain. This causes one to latch onto these activities, creating an addiction.

ANGER RESPONSE

ANGER RESPONSE

Some people find it harder than others to keep their temper in check. Those with a higher anger response are more irritable, and more likely to resort to anger when faced with problems.

EXPLORATORY BEHAVIOR

EXPLORATORY BEHAVIOR

Exploratory behavior indicates a search for new ideas and products, and to develop new capabilities. It is associated with risk-taking, experimentation, and flexibility.

IMPULSIVITY

IMPULSIVITY

Impulsivity can be defined as rapid, unplanned behavior with little forethought of the consequences. Impulsivity is related to novelty and excitement seeking.

MORNING PERSON

MORNING PERSON

A lark, early bird, morning person, or, in Scandinavian countries, an A-person, is a person who usually gets up early in the morning and goes to bed early in the evening.

OPTIMISM

OPTIMISM

Optimism is the ability to look at a situation and see the best in it. It’s an important tool in life, as it keeps you motivated and eager to keep pushing forward, giving you the energy to do things you never thought you could. Optimism is a great asset when coping with stress and trauma.

PLEASURE RESPONSE IMPAIRMENT

PLEASURE RESPONSE IMPAIRMENT

Pleasure is caused by the increase of dopamine within the brain. Some people are born with reduced sensitivity to dopamine, due to a lack of receptors in the brain. This means they don’t feel pleasure at the same level as others and need a higher concentration of dopamine in order to feel happy.

WARRIOR PERSONALITY

WARRIOR PERSONALITY

People with a warrior personality tend to be better at managing stress and pain, but are also prone to anger when they get overwhelmed. An important part of life for those with warrior personalities is managing trauma, as it can often spark violent tendencies if left untreated.

WORRIER PERSONALITY

WORRIER PERSONALITY

A tendency to overthink, overstress, and overreact are all signs that you may have a worrier personality. Worriers tend to be more vulnerable to stress and pain, but also tend to be better at processing information under most conditions.

Interpersonal Characteristics

AGREEABLENESS

AGREEABLENESS

One’s agreeableness is a combination of personality traits, such as their kindness, sympathy, and warmth. While much of agreeableness is learned socially, there is still a powerful genetic factor that influences its development. Interestingly, people who are agreeable tend to enjoy mornings more.

EMPATHY

EMPATHY

Empathy is the ability to understand the intentions, motivations, and emotions of others. While part of it is learned socially, it is also influenced in part by your genetics. Those with more empathy are seen as more social and are typically easier to talk to. Those with less empathy are often described as ‘cold’ or ‘uncaring’.

EXTRAVERSION

EXTRAVERSION

Extroversion is characterized as being energized by social contact. This is in direct opposition to introversion, which is when one regains their energy by being alone. Extroversion is heritable, meaning you can get it from your parents. As well, it is developed socially, meaning that it can be learned with suitable effort.

LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL

LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL

The capacity to lead others effectively is in large part determined by one\'s genetic predisposition towards it. While strong leadership may be acquired socially, having favorable genetics will give you a large boost in those positions.

SOCIABILITY

SOCIABILITY

Sociability typically refers to how likable and friendly a person is- basically, how social they are. Up to 70% of traits associated with being a sociable person are genetically inherited. These traits include empathy, the ability to integrate socially, and the ability to trust others.

Learning Personality

CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY

Creativity is the ability to apply non-standard solutions to problems. Studies have shown that up to 30% of creativity is heritable, meaning it has a traceable genetic component to it. Those with higher levels of creativity tend to be more ambitious, as many careers benefit from the implementation of creative solutions to complex problems.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IMPAIRMENT

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IMPAIRMENT

Experiential learning is a style of learning that focuses more on hands-on experience, rather than memorizing and reciting knowledge. Those with an impairment in this field typically find it harder to discover a solution through trial and error and find it easier to learn things in a more traditional method, such as a classroom.

MATHEMATICAL APTITUDE

MATHEMATICAL APTITUDE

Mathematical aptitude is made up of several skill sets, including the ability to recall information, apply creative problem-solving skills, and to think in abstract terms. While mathematical talent can be cultivated through hard work and patience, some people have a genetic predisposition towards math, meaning they need to put in less work to understand mathematical concepts.

MEMORY PERFORMANCE

MEMORY PERFORMANCE

Human memory is the result of several distinct mental processes, such as memory encoding, forgetting, and the regulation of memory strength by various stimuli. It varies widely from person to person, and no two people remember events the same way. While memory can be improved with practice and training, some will naturally have better memory than others due to key genetic traits.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE APTITUDE

MUSIC PERFORMANCE APTITUDE

Musical aptitude has been shown to be influenced by a variety of genetic factors. While the most well-known is perfect pitch - the ability to name and play any pitch - many other genetic variations contribute to innate musical talent.

MUSICAL CREATIVITY

MUSICAL CREATIVITY

Musical creativity is the ability to create new forms of music and is most commonly associated with composition and improvisation within the music. This is a different ability than music performance, as performers often stress accuracy, whereas composers stress novelty and out of the box creativity.

READING APTITUDE

READING APTITUDE

Reading aptitude measures the processing and comprehension capacity of written language. While reading talent can be cultivated through hard work and patience, some people have a genetic predisposition towards being able to read well, meaning they need to put in less work to process and comprehend written language.