A multitude of factors determines the different talents and personalities of people.
The experiences that accompany us from birth and all kinds of environmental factors have forged our personality.
Discover the genetic heritage of your personality with the DNA Talent and Personality test.
In this report, we apply prestigious genetic studies to your genetic information and explain the conclusions. The information extracted from these studies should not be taken as predestination but as a predisposition that may or may not resemble reality depending on the other factors, which are usually the most important in the case of personality.
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What are talent and personality?
According to some dictionaries, talent is defined as intelligence (ability to understand or comprehend) or as aptitude (ability to operate competently in a specific activity), in its first meaning.
And personality is defined as the individual difference that constitutes each person and distinguishes them from others.
Talent and personality concepts are less tangible than those we analyse in the rest of our reports, which deal with eminently physical characteristics. Possibly because of this, many people ask questions such as: are genetics and personality related? Is there a genetic basis for personality? Do tests for talent have scientific backing?
A multitude of factors influences the different talents and personalities of human beings.
Our experiences from our earliest childhood and the so-called environmental factors – which are all those agents in our environment with which we interact on a day-to-day basis on an intellectual, emotional or social level – have shaped our personality and continue to modify and qualify it until the moment of our death.
But all this does not mean that there is no genetic component in certain personality traits, some of which can lead to what we usually call talent. For example, certain predispositions are marked in the genes that we analyse in our DNA talent and personality test, such as impulsivity, nocturnality, seasonality, neurosis, or even the tendency to suffer from dependence on certain substances. All of these can be directly related to personality. But we also analyse traits such as figurative creativity, spelling and reading comprehension, which can also be associated with developing talent in certain disciplines.
Did you know, for example, that breastfeeding can influence cognitive development?
Almost all of us have heard of the importance of breastfeeding in the physical development of babies, providing them with antibodies, which give them extra protection against various diseases and infections, as opposed to prepared milk, apart from the advantages it also has for the mother on a physical, hormonal and emotional level. But breast milk contains essential hormones, enzymes and antibodies, which in addition to the physical impact mentioned above, also have an influence, in combination with certain genetic variants, on better cognitive development. Recent scientific studies link breastfeeding to IQ development. It has been observed that infants with certain types of genetic polymorphisms are particularly affected in their IQ by the fact that they have been breastfed.
On the other hand, cognitive abilities are also often affected by age. We assume that, as we get older, our memory will lose capacity, especially in short-term memory; that our ability to understand new concepts will diminish; that we will be less able to make decisions of all kinds; and a host of other signs of involution in our brain capacity. However, it is not the same for everyone. We are aware of this because, in our environment, we all know elderly people with their physical and mental capacities almost intact and others who, little by little, are evolving towards total dependence. Here, too, a genetic factor plays a role. The COMT gene encodes an enzyme that degrades dopamine in the prefrontal cortex and whose differences from one person to another are related to cognitive performance in senescence.
In any case, as we always say at 24Genetics, genetics marks our natural predispositions.
Still, these are influenced to a greater or lesser degree by environmental and personal factors or habits that can balance or, on the contrary, exacerbate these natural predispositions. Thus, in the case of health, it may be evident that a person with a genetic predisposition to, for example, suffer from cardiovascular disease will probably not develop it if they live in a pollution-free environment, eat a healthy diet, do regular sport, do not smoke and avoid stress and anxiety. And the same is true in the opposite direction.
When it comes to personality and talent tests, environmental factors may have an even greater influence. Thus, we can indeed say that, despite the genetic basis of personality, it depends to a large extent on ourselves and the traits that we, or our educators, are interested in developing from an early age.
We have seen how genetics and personality are related. Our DNA talent and personality test offers you information, contrasted by countless studies validated internationally by the scientific community, which indicates your genetic predispositions in this area.