When you do something ignorant or stupid, do you blame your genetic programming or do you try to correct your mistake? Would a person that believes their genetics determines everything have a need to be better or would they settle for their believed limitations?
That's a good question. I personally struggle because I'm very forgetful. That's something I got from my father's side of the family. My husband knows this and calls it the Wieck Disease. lol I've been like this since I can remember and I've learned to live with it and joke about it. But I do push myself to try to remember things and when I forget to do something or make a payment I don't look for excuses. I am responsible.
Thanks klara. Do you work on things to improve your focus or memory or do you just half attempt to better your memory? If you have bettered your memory before, do you think the genetics fully determine your memory capability?
I think it has a lot to do with the way the information is being presented to me. I am a concert pianist and I can memorize a two hour program by memory, but if you give me a number to memorize, I just can't. If someone is doing a presentation, a speech, I lose focus of the words and I just listen to the tone of voice. There are people, like me that learn through music. If I can relate the information to music, I can remember. For example, for phone numbers I just come up with musical intervals in my head. Let's say the number is 305, than I think of E,C,G - - - from E to C is an interval of a 3rd, C is 0, and from C to G is an interval of a 5th. Weird, huh? I know.... I'm.... a little bit.... different?
Thanks. So you have improved memory by learning to relate numbers to music in order to memorize numbers? Do you think this shows genetic programming is plastic with choice rather than fully determined by the past?
It's definately genetic, but that doesn't meant you can't do something to improve it.
I always give the excuse of being an INTP. So people will say "do you want to go watch football?" and I'll say "No, INTPs don't care about football."
I kind of celebrate the harmless and amusing quirks, but any real weakness can be worked on, at least a little. Know your limits and try to push them, I say.
lol Thank You Intimate. But you don't settle with this as being genetically determined without choice to change do you? I don't think you are stupid if you are humble enough to admit you have stupid areas.
Well thank you. Yeah you know there are a lot of people who have a hard time owing up to their faults. I am not one of those types of people. It is really that simple.
Maybe common sense is a better attribute to blame on DNA.
Thanks. I agree, it's hard to correct faults when not owning up or being closed and unaware to them. You may have a point on common sense, it does seem it can't be improved for some. But I think common sense could become philosophical. Someone could have common sense in one area and seem completely ignorant without common sense in another area. Then we could all have a different idea of what we consider common sense.
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