Inherited Traits

Inherited Traits

There is no doubt that the formation of the physical and psychological characteristics of a person is inherited from the parents.

But the power of inherited traits is not absolute, nor is in the proportions that are often assumed.

The presence of a particular gene in the cell mass inherited from one of the parents does not guarantee that the characteristic it carries inside will indeed manifest itself in its entirety.

The inborn – inherited traits, during life are influenced by the environment, but they can not be significantly changed.

Nevertheless, they can be emphasized or suppressed, thus completely preventing a certain physical or psychic feature.

It is known that human growth largely depends on factors inherited from the parents.

Hereditary factors provide only a precondition for growth in order to reach a certain height, but they do not determine it.

Maximum height growth can be achieved only if a person as a child is fed with a quality food that has enough animal proteins, vitamins and mineral salts.

If these ingredients are lacking in food, the person will remain with relatively low growth despite the fact that he/she carries the inherent traits of the parents to be of a high growth.


The influence of the environment on the manifestation of inherited traits is particularly evident in the example of the intelligence.

The intelligence is usually hereditary.

More people with the same intensity of hereditary intellectual features can develop in their lives a different degree of intellectual success.

If the child develops from the beginning of his life in an environment that encourages his intellect, then the environment gives the stimulus and material for the stimulation of the intelligence and it’s almost certain that it be developed to the limit of his/her maximum possibilities.

Contrary to that, it is the child’s life in an environment of: an idle, discouraging, low cultural environment with primitive influence, an environment that does not create conditions for maximum intellectual development, growing in such an environment causes stagnation of the full potential of the intelligence, that the child brings with him/herself as inherited trait.

Also, the negative educational influences and the emotional neglect of the child can hinder his/her psychic activity so much, that the child in the eyes of others gives the impression that is less intelligent than he/she really is.

Along with intelligence, different preferences for a particular activity and talent for a certain form of creativity also depend on the inherited features.

The science of inherited traits – genetics, still can not answer with certainty what psychological traits are hereditary and to what extent.

In general, the way in which the child expresses his/her psychic content is inherited, such as aspirations, thoughts and emotions.

They are expressed through mimics, speech, gestures, expressive movements, automatic or semi-conscious actions and are categorized as psychic motor skills.

Hereditary properties also have a significant influence on the temper.

A temper is a way the psychic apparatus reacts to various external and internal stimuli.

So that: the vigor / sluggishness, enthusiasm / passivity, impulsiveness / calm are the characteristics of the temper, which are to a large extent hereditary traits in the human person.

Important to remember


There are frequent prejudices about what features are a result of inherited traits in a child.

It is usually considered that the character, that is, the attitude of the child towards the environment, his behavior in the community and the way in which he uses his abilities are inherited.

But, of all psychic traits, the character is probably least inherited.

The environment where the child resides and exists much more influences on its formation.

It is precisely the character that is the most important component of the personality.

From it (the character) will depend the social value of the child as an adult, his/her willingness to constructively cooperate with the community.

When the psychohygiene of the environment strives to ensure healthy development of the young person, then it primarily tries to create a positive character in her/him, precisely because the development of the character depends largely on the influence of the environment on the child’s psyche.

Psychohygiene can prevent character deviance or to correct it when there is a tendency for deformity.

Mental illness

Out of all deformities in the mental life of a person, the greatest role is taken by the inherited traits and the tendency towards endogenous psychosis.

These are severe chronic mental illnesses that occur without particular reasons and without noticeable pathological changes in the brain.

Hence the name endogenous, which means they are innate.

The living environment certainly has some share in the occurrence of these diseases, but to a much lesser extent than in the occurrence of other mental illnesses.

Endogenouses includes psycho: schizophrenia and manic depressive psychosis, as the most common of all mental illnesses.

The child’s low level of intelligence in 80% of cases occurs due to hereditary traits.

Sometimes, hereditary traits contribute to the psychopathic development of the personality.

But the psychopathy much or less is developing as a result and under the influence of negative factors in the environment.

However, in the same living conditions, a person with hereditary traits of psychopathic potential will easily and rapidly develop into a seriously ill person, rather than an individual who does not have such inclination, that is, he/she has not inherited traits as a cause of a psychopathic disease.

In other words, a mentally healthy person must be influenced by much more negative environmental factors that would cause deformity in the development of his psyche, than it is necessary for a psychological deformation of a person who in his/her inherited traits has innate preconditions for a psychopathic disease.

If a person is inclined and  has a tendency to develop a psychological deformation, the form and time of the manifestation will greatly depend in what kind of  environment he/she develops.

Important to remember

Genetic Counseling Before Conception

When a man and a woman get married and plan to form a family, it is advisable to first consult with a doctor about the possibility a mental illness to occur as a hereditary trait to their children if one or the other partner already suffers from one.

If the genetic assessment of the chances this to happen is high, then it is better to not get married with the ultimate goal – procreation.

Here, the task of the health services is to organize marriage counseling that will cover the overall medical issues of marriage and to take care about a mentally healthy generation.

If the mother has already become pregnant and if she or the father suffers from some inherited psychological illness, there is still a possibility to terminate the pregnancy, this is permitted with and in consultation of the local legislation and the regulative for eugenic measures.

Important to remember

Physical Disabilities

In the physical formation of a person, the inherited treats have great influence, for example, clumsy appearance, ugliness, extremely low or too high growth, then deafness, blindness and other defects.

Such permanent physical defects that can not be removed and the person has inherited them, often discourages, deprives the self-confidence, makes the people untrustworthy to other people and are pessimistic about life, and these emotional disorders result in various forms of unhealthy behavior in the emotional responses.

The most common psychological disorders, or internal emotional conflicts, are manifested by various neurotic outbursts and are not inherited by nature.

The emergence of neuroticism is result of a constant conflict between the individual and his/her environment.

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