Personality is a distinct characteristic in every human being and gives individuality to them. It differs from individual to individual. Two people coming from similar social settings and having similar upbringing also have two distinct personalities. Personality development in human beings is a complex process and is governed by multiple factors. The three important factors that affect personality development are family, genetics and religion.
Family plays an essential role in development of human beings. Effective leadership and interpersonal skills are required by the leader of the family to make it successful and to makes its members happy (Hill, 229). As the leadership style of people differ, so differs the way members are treated and developed in a family. Positive family atmosphere is bound to bring positive personality development in children.
Genetics also has its role to play in personality development. Related studies have been conducted that conclude that some of the genetic factors that influence leadership are the same or similar to the genetic factors influencing personality variables (Arvey, Rotundo, Johnson and McGue, 23). Thus, genetic factors affect personality development. However, the influence is concluded to be less than the influence of environment and social setting in which people have grown.
Religion is also an important determinant of personality of an individual. At an individual level, they contribute to the feeling of stability and security by giving individuals a permanent anchoring point (Hurlock and Hurlock, 193). It also helps individuals attract more social acceptability when adhering to religion values, thereby influencing human behaviour and their personality development.
Thus, it is evident that family, genetics and religion play an integral role in personality development of an individual. However, social, environmental and family factors contribute more to development than genetic factors.
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