There is a fairly strong agreement in development circles that humans; that is the part of humans that makes each one of us a unique individual, whether this "mind" is anchored firmly and exclusively in brain matter (a product only of our neural activity), or whether it that part of us many like to call our soul or spirit, is a result of nature (that which we inherit via DNA from our ancestors) and nurture; how we interact with our immediate and wider environment.
This development of self, from one's genetics and one's interactions with the outside world, would suggest that beyond a certain point (perhaps the first seven years of life?) our base personality is irreversibly formed, and from that point on, we can not change our basic view of, and therefore reaction to, the world.
A leopard can't change its spots, is how the saying goes - I believe.
Ok, so what if you REALLY want to change your basic personality. Is that possible? Can a person will themselves to be different. Is it possible to wipe the slate clean and view the world differently?
There have been many documented cases of basic personality change in people who have suffered acquired brain injury. Acquired brain injury, of course, changes some of the "nature" of the person - changing their neural pathways in some way, so that accounts for the personality change in those cases.
What about in people who have no physical changes to their brain. Can they have profound changes to their personality?
What would it take to change? How can past experiences and inherited traits be undone? How can a brain that is fully developed by altered enough to produce a change in personality? Or are people with bad personalities simply stuck with them until death provides blessed relief for everyone?
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