Why do you think social experience is the key to human personality?

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Social experience is how we learn about ourselves.  We never truly know how we would react to something until we have experience it.  It is amazing to witness the variability in our actions when we are faced with difficulty. By experiencing life we discover who we are and who we want...

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Social experience is how we learn about ourselves.  We never truly know how we would react to something until we have experience it.  It is amazing to witness the variability in our actions when we are faced with difficulty. By experiencing life we discover who we are and who we want to be.

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Human personality is very complex and there are many factors that contribute to the formation of personality. I think saying that social experience is the key to human personality is a bit too specific. Personality has to do with many things.

Human personality is formed through genetics, social experience, personal experience, beliefs, etc. I would say that social experience plays a role in that our experiences throughout our life time shapes us. For example, if we were raised by parents who were very negative all of the time then chances are we may become this way as adults. This is a part of learned behavior. This is just one aspect of personality though. There are many other things to consider.

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In any question such as this, trying to find "the key" is problematic.  Such a complex issue such as the formation of human personality involves many elements that converge and interact with one another, sometimes simultaneously.  In the end, trying to distinguish the role of different elements might prove to be more worthwhile than trying to find "the key" entity.  I would say that social interaction is one of the compelling elements that helps to form human identity.  The culture to which we belong, the people with which we associate, as well as interactions we forge help to formulate who we are and how we perceive reality.

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