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Writer's Block: Nature v. nurture

In your opinion, how much of our personality is genetic, and how much is shaped by environmental factors?

I believe from my perspective as a mother that most of your personality inclinations are in place at birth.  You can easily observe newborn infants' temperaments and see how unique they are.  I have three children and they are all so completely different.  I actually have studied the MBTI  extensively particularly as it applies to children and adults both.  It seems uncannily accurate.  It is really like having a window into a person's soul if you can determine their "type" and it helps so much to know what makes them "tick".  This is not to take away from every person's unique and God created character.  Also, birth order can be a big indicator of personality development and where you fit into the "family constellation".  All very interesting to me.  I do not think children are simply a "blank slate" at birth.  However,  the quality of the nurturing and their environment is also important. 

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