Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A genetic connection to self-esteem?

Life scientists from UCLA found that the gene Oxytocin, which is responsible for feeling empathy, is involved with breastfeeding, and is associated with the stress response, is also associated with self-esteem.

"'This study, to the best of our knowledges, is the first to report a gene associated with psychological resources..." -UCLA Newsroom.

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Read the full article here.

I mostly agree with the statement: "Genes may predict behavior, but do not determine it." The study sounds interesting, but I think that self-love and forgiveness are more powerful than any gene.

Share your thoughts. Do you think it's possible that a gene could predetermine our self-esteem?

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