Careless or Compassionate
Some people wake up every morning and carry out their entire day without hardly a thought of anyone else. Others seem to perform every action conscious of their peers. These contrasting attitudes result in two types of people: those that are caring and compassionate, and those that are egocentric. At some point we have all encountered each type of individual, and if I had to guess, we all prefer to be around the former. However, in order to understand these two different types of people, it is important to know why they develop this way. What makes some people care for others while others seem only to care for themselves? This trait could be genetic or it could be a result of the way the person grew up, a product of their environment. The most obvious possible cause is the environment. Some parents put their kids above themselves in the household and treat them with affection and love. Others act as if their children were a mistake, and carry on their lives as if they had no kids. The parents who treat their kids with respect and as equals breed children who care about people besides themselves. Careless parents are creating the types of humans that we all try to avoid. However, it is not all in the hands of the parents, but it may be in their genes. Research has discovered that genetic deficiencies in human seratonin pathways have led to aggressive and basically rude behavior. Interestingly, this is a case where a physical issue shows through in the way a person interacts with others. This means it is not all how you are treated that makes you who you are; some of your personality is in fact written into every cell of your body with genetic code. Certainly, not all careless behavior comes from genetics or environmental factors, but it may come as a surprise that genetics actually play a substantial role in our personalities.
There are social and environmental factors that are believed to be associated with increased aggression, including poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, neglect, and physical and psychological abuse, but what is not as well known is that there appears to be a heritable component to temperament and personality.
Several genes involved in our cells' serotonin pathways have been linked to cases of extreme aggressive behaviour.
Next time I encounter a hostile or careless person, it will be easier to ignore their behavior and move on with my day. Afterall, maybe their ancestors and DNA are just as much or more to blame than they are.