Okay. I’m doing some reading. So, of course, I have more questions. Also, though, very cool stuff happening in behavioral health, right??? Using the biological perspective, I see the flaw in the logic of my earlier point: if the genetic marker I was born with was the breast cancer gene, we wouldn’t say I had breast cancer until I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And if I never was, but I knew the gene was there, I wouldn’t say I was a breast cancer survivor just because I possessed the gene. So I see how, looking at the brain as if it were the equivalent of my breasts (oh, holy cow. I could go on with that one for DAYS), if I had the genetic markers for bipolar disorder, but never developed symptoms of bipolar disorder, I wouldn’t say I was living with bipolar disorder. It’s late and I’m babbling. Sorry.
On biology…where on the spectrum do personality traits fall? Like, if a baby is born with a dominant personality, extroverted, etc. is that considered a biological predisposition the same way genetic markers would be? Or is it more three-pronged — genetics, personality traits, outside influences, etc.? Are personality traits genetically determined? Just certain ones? All? None? How do the answers to these questions apply to things like psychopathy? Sociopathy? OMG maybe I don’t want to start down this rabbit hole. It’s almost 2am and here I still am! :)
Please know that I understand there aren’t any easy answers and I am not asking you for the right ones. Just input. When you have a chance. :) Thanks