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Anonymous asked in Social ScienceOther - Social Science · 2 months ago

Are behaviors learned , or can they be inherited?

If a mother has a newborn with a man who has been convicted of murder in the past , and has a history of drug use and alcoholism . And has sold drugs . And has been involved in violent street gangs.

Will the child most likely develop these same violent characteristics as he or she grows older ( reaches teen years)?

Or are these behaviors learned ( environmental factors and upbringing) , as opposed to being inherited?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Unfortunately this is a very complicated question?

    But research has shown that you can pass on genetic behaviors to your unborn offspring

    example if a mother is at experiencing high anxiety during pregnancy this could be distressing to The unborn child and can manifest itself later after the child is born although not immediately obvious

    also alcoholism since it is a disease and it spread through the bloodstream if an individual is drinking or doing drugs this will pass on to the child and maybe children come out addicted to drugs and alcohol although this may not show up until much later in life especially around the teenage years

    For better or for worse we are oftentimes a product of our environment

    even though we say that we do not want to be like our parents as we get older we find ourselves behaving in the same pattern as our parents our other family members

    That's not necessarily a bad thing because we are shaped by the environment we grow in but if it's a negative environment this will have an impact on who we are

    but there's always hope as individuals we can change bad behavior just as we can change good behavior if we try but we have to recognize but those bad behaviors are and make every effort to change them as we get older and mature

    The Bible mentions this from the very beginning cuz it informs us that Adam passed on sin Romans 5:12 so we all have a tendency to lean towards what is bad but the Bible also helps us that with God's help we can overcome are handled those bad tendencies but we must take in knowledge of him first John 17:3

    Source(s): Jw.org
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  • Robert
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    2 months ago

    Yes and yes. Chances are the child was produced by people who live near and are exposed to all of the crap you spoke of Even if sheltered, the child will hear the cussing and violence in the street, As they get older they will have encounters with the dredge of society and some if it will be learned. If they are guided by there parents they may choose a better path, but there is always a possibility of getting mixed up in the filth. So the behaviors is learned from a situation they inherited.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Long and complicated subject. Read some books on it if you're curious.

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  • PR
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Geez, did she know these things before she had a child with him??

    People have tendencies in regards to how they deal with things. But much of that is learned. Perhaps they have a tendency toward being frustrated with things easily, but with the proper guidance, they will learn how to deal with these things.

    A person might be very sensitive, but with proper guidance, learn not to let others affect their feelings, nor cause them anxiety or sadness.

    A child must be raised with positive people and good models. Often, church-going people will help influence the values so the child learns how to be the best person they can be. Positive attitude is of value, and love is imperative.

    So, we all have a personality and certain traits, but our environment shapes who we become.  

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It happens both. Like ambiance. My grammar is poor. 

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  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    both I'm afraid. good environmental influences can sometimes negate bad genetic behaviors. and vice versa. 

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