How much does environment shape & dictate what an individual becomes?
Well, what is a person’s environment? An environment consists of location; family; peers; accepted views, standards, & codes; socioeconomic status; beliefs; & culture. All of these factors form the environment which plays a role in how people think & act, what they desire, & how they see the world. Yet, a person’s environment doesn’t have the final say-so on all that a person will become; nor does it comprise the totality of all that a person already is.
Yes, initially We all start off as products of Our environments (i.e., the way We’re raised & who We’re around), but as We approach Our twenties We begin to make choices for Our Selves. So by the time We’re I Our mid-late 30’s, We’re now more so a product of the decisions We’ve been making for the past decade plus.At this stage, the environments We’re in still play a role in how We behave, but the difference is that now Our environments are more a reflection of Our own way of thinking, rather than vice versa.
Normally, at 24-25. years of age, the prefrontal cortex of the brain finally fully develops & people can truly begin to understand, & appreciate, the long-term effects of Their actions. Now, We’re more inclined to question why We do the things We do as We start to comprehend consequences/ramifications on a larger level (I.e., seeing the bigger picture). Until then, We mostly focus on the immediate effects & whether or not they’re beneficial to Us.
So, what will You choose to focus on today?
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