Born That Way by William Wright
Genes, Behavior, Personality

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A comprehensive view of the most heated debate of our time -- are genes the primary influence on human personality and behavior? In presenting the recent findings, William Wright argues that in a century dominated by psychoanalytic thought, there has been an insistence that humans, unlike all other species, are brought into the world as blank slates on which personalities are etched by the environment. Wright describes the overthrow of this view by psychologists and geneticists whose discoveries, most dramatically through studies of identical twins separated at birth, have resulted in the recognition of the major role played by genes in personality and behavior. Wright describes how molecular biologists have reinforced these findings by locating the links between genes and behavior in DNA itself. And he explores the exciting future prospects of treating such conditions as depression, addiction, and hyper-aggressiveness that are implicit in the behavioral-genetic revolution.

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William Wright is the former chairman of the Victorian Military History Society. He has several articles published in journals such as Savage and Soldier and Soldiers of the Queen.
Published June 6, 2012 by Knopf. 321 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The book leaves one wishing to hear less from polemicists rooting for or against genes and more from scientists striving to find out exactly what genes do.

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In spite of fascinating material and an engaging writing style, Wright (Sins of the Father) is largely unsuccessful in his attempt to portray the current state of the nature-vs.-nurture debate as it pertains to the underlying causes of human behavior.

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