Is Fighting Injustice in Your Blood?

The dance between nurture and nature continues in laboratories around the world. Most recently, a study conducted at the Berkley Campus of the University of California, discovered that researchers could make people more sensitive to inequality among others by altering their brain chemistry. This and similar studies have a lot of implications for psychiatry and other medical sciences. For those of us interested in our personalities, it fortifies some current thinking in the field.

One of the authors of the study, Ming Hsu, was quoted in the UC Berkley publication as saying, “We typically think of fair-mindedness as a stable characteristic, part of one’s personality,” said Hsu. “Our study doesn’t reject this notion, but it does show how that trait can be systematically affected by targeting specific neurochemical pathways in the human brain.”

Many of those who study personality would argue the reason some personality types are more “fair-minded” than others is evolutionary. The genes that promote such neurochemical influences more in a specific part of the population were passed down as an adaptive evolutionary advantage. Each new study suggests the consistent behaviors we call personality are at least partially determined by a roll of the genetic dice.

This study supports some biological basis for the fair-mindedness. Of course, there is so much more to be explored in this area and much of it is still in the realm of theory. But it will be interesting to keep an eye on future developments as they unfold in the science of personality.

What do you think? Were you born with your character traits or did you they appear out of your life experiences? Or did your life experiences gradually refine something that was always a part of you – like a seed that grew into something more complete? Leave a comment and let us know your opinions and thoughts.

1 year ago
ENTP-A and hating injustice. Especially the exploitation of intellectually less blessed people by arrogant tyrants. Here I like to step in and starting from the position of diabolus advocati holding the mirror in front of the tyrants face and then destroying them argumentatively. Did I mention that I hate injustice?
ENFJ-T
3 years ago
I would say that my life experiences gradually refined somethings that have always been a part of me :)
Anonymous
3 years ago
I was born with a seed called "protect those who need it". It came with a bunch of other seeds that were all about how important it is to step up and do the right thing in this world when needed. Without question. I say I was born with them because this was never talked about directly via my parents or anyone else. I'm an INTP-A who hates confrontation. Heck, I'm not overly even fond of being around people to begin with. :) But the following happened and it was a game changer. I was 12 when I walked up on a boy my own age and size who was beating up a 6 year old. The closer I got, the more he threatened me. I was ordered to leave and keep my mouth shut. I was terrified, I'll admit. And then I looked down at that little boy and I was suddenly MAD. I felt a complete fury. When a person says they was so mad they saw red, believe it. It's a real thing. I walked up and punched him straight on. And then I did it again and again. He got a swing in and it only made me madder. And then suddenly, he was gone. Just like that. The bully who had beat a little boy and threatened me had run away. The only thing that shocked me more was how much my hands hurt. Ouch! I still remember that. That was the first and only fight I've ever been in. However, I've called out other bullies over the years. Bullies are cowards. Face them down and they fold like a wet noodle. I've never feared a one again since that day. I spent the next several days enjoying myself. Mr. Bully had a face full of proof that he'd gotten his butt kicked. And he got a lot of teasing. Because he got beat up by a girl. :) The little boy healed, but he did have some serious injuries, this kid never bullied again as far as I know and that day changed my life. It's one thing to form a belief. It's another to stand for it. Much later, I looked back on that day and realized I had chosen to face down fear in order to stand up for my beliefs, my integrity. That day I found what I call my personal power. We all have it. From that little seed about protecting those who need it, grew the belief, the absolute knowing that I can face any fear, any situation and do the right thing. And thru the years, life experiences keep reminding me. I believe we are each a mix of what we bring with us into this world and every life experience. If we mix it all up right, we'll do OK. :)
ENFJ-T
3 years ago
Wow, you are amazing! Standing up for that little kid, you ROCK!! XD "I believe we are each a mix of what we bring with us into this world and every life experience. If we mix it all up right, we'll do OK." - GREAT point! I believe that too :) Though we may have almost completely different personality types (you are a INTP-A and I am a ENFJ-T, the only simalarity is the 'N') I also protect those who need it and you seem to respond to events like I would, strange don't you think? ',:) Most of the time I hear that people make friends with similar interests, but that doesn't apply to me. I like to make friends who are true trustworthy friends no matter what they like to be or how there personality relates to mine. I love you story, keep it up!
Christine
3 years ago
Fairness must have been something I learned and became a value. Some ideas taught in school may have appealed to bare, cold logic and briefly embraced, then dropped as unsympathetic and unfair.
3 years ago
Great question! I can see this whole debate in evidence following my own life and linking it to personality theory. As a small child, I was very talkative, and had no qualms about talking to strangers, including adults. I often corrected my teachers, and had enormous amounts of energy. Once I hit high school, I had a tough time (nobody likes the know it all), so I basically went into a shell. Aside from that, everyone knows that high school values physical traits like muscles and other things like money for popularity. I was pretty much a bookworm, that could play sports. Once I got out, I went back to the kid....people that I knew in high school still describe me as what would correspond to an INTP, but I often have to remind them I am not that guy anymore. I suppose nature always comes out in the end?
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