Therapeutic Word of the Day: Personality

“Person is part of the definition. It is who you are and is yours alone. Choose who you want to be.”

In psychology, we are trained that a person’s personality forms at a very young age based on genetics and environmental factors. As a person ages, it is very difficult for one’s personality to change, as it is often viewed as fixed. For example, if someone at a young age is exposed to addiction, and if genetic markers for addiction are present, chances are the person in question will have addiction issues throughout the life span.

However, as environmental factors are part of the definition, can a chance of environment change one’s personality, years later? I believe it can. In the above example, if someone with addiction issues changes their environment and replaces it with a healthy one, can these predisposed issues be corrected over time? I have seen addicts change and even when exposed to environments or their old addiction they do not waver. I live this myself, being a formal gaming addict. I am around games all the time and am exposed to it for most of my work. Yet, I can play games and have a balanced life. Did I chance my personality, or did I find ways to live with it? Regardless of the answer, you can improve yourself and become better than you were, despite personality.

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Nathan Driskell

Hello, my name is Nathan Driskell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the Houston / Cypress area specializing in the treatment of Internet Addiction & Asperger’s / Autism. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

You can reach me at my website or call me directly at 832-559-3520 if you have any questions. Thank You!
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