In Part 2 of this series I dig deep into the link between our ‘ares’ and our DNA.
I am working on a theory, ‘The Uniqueness Imperative’, that describes a link between who we are and our DNA. I’m starting to look at psychology from an evolutionary biology perspective. I guess having a background in the evolution side coupled with an interest in psychology and therapy this is what you get.
In short, I wonder if it is our duty or responsibility to ‘express’ as much of our DNA as possible. A lot of this expression – how our DNA shows up in our individual person – is beyond our control. Most inherited traits just show up. But some traits require an environmental interaction.
Some genes give us a propensity for traits. The DNA provides the machinery and we develop this through practice.
We may grasp music or math better than other people.
We may have a very even demeanor and not react strongly to stress.
There are infinite possibilities.
And this makes sense with our understanding of genetics because there is a definite interaction between our DNA and the environment with respect to how some traits express themselves or develop.
So in the context of the Are vs Should Problem, our DNA becomes a major determinant in our ‘ares’.
In other words, the things we are ‘meant to do’.
Or the things we have a passion for.
The things that motivate us to get out of bed in the morning.
I’m suggesting these things have a genetic component.
Who we are is a big part of what we want out of life.
Original post with links to podcast audio and YouTube video here: https://chrisburcher.com/2021/07/23/kew-episode-55-the-bully-and-your-dna-part-2/