The Science of Success: The Nature vs. Nuture debate continues…

Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care. So holds a provocative new theory of genetics, which asserts that the very genes that give us the most trouble as a species, causing behaviors that are self-destructive and antisocial, also underlie humankind’s phenomenal adaptability and evolutionary success. With a bad environment and poor parenting, orchid children can end up depressed, drug-addicted, or in jail—but with the right environment and good parenting, they can grow up to be society’s most creative, successful, and happy people.

Interesting read. Genetics plays a huge role in the development of disease… and you can’t do anything about that… yet! Does genetic predisposition take a backseat to upbringing when we care considering such a *plastic* organ as the brain???

Are you a dandelion or an orchid?

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