Introverted parents birth introverted children, but is it permanent?

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If you and your spouse have introverted tendencies, chances are your children will be born with the same predisposition.

Describing the fruit of his 30-year research on shyness as “the most exciting,” Starch Professor of Psychology Jerome Kagan believes that a child’s tendency for shyness is an inherited biological trait.

In fact, it can even be detected in children as young as four months old.

What this basically means is that if you and your spouse have introverted tendencies, chances are your children will be born with the same predisposition.

Thankfully, this is not a sentence; things can change.

“One of the most significant discoveries of Kagan’s work is that shyness in children is a non-deterministic character trait,” says a Harvard Crimson article.

He also discovered that there are ways to alleviate it in one’s childhood years with the help of certain environmental factors. However, his research shows that uninhibited children were less likely to show behavioral changes.

“If we put shy children in an environment where a set behavior can be transformed early, shyness can be attenuated,” says Professor of Education Howard E. Gardner. “No one is marked at birth.”

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