Posted by Vishva News Reporter on May 10, 2006

Genes contribute to religious inclination news service: Maggie McKee: 16 March 2005:

Genes may help determine how religious a person is, suggests a new study of US twins. And the effects of a religious upbringing may fade with time.

Until about 25 years ago, scientists assumed that religious behaviour was simply the product of a person's socialization - or "nurture". But more recent studies, including those on adult twins who were raised apart, suggest genes contribute about 40% of the variability in a person's religiousness.

But it is not clear how that contribution changes with age. A few studies on children and teenagers - with biological or adoptive parents - show the children tend to mirror the religious beliefs and behaviours of the parents with whom they live. That suggests genes play a small role in religiousness at that age.

Now, researchers led by Laura Koenig, a psychology graduate student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, US, have tried to tease apart how the effects of nature and nurture vary with time. Their study suggests that as adolescents grow into adults, genetic factors become more important in determining how religious a person is, while environmental factors wane.

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"Maybe, ultimately, we all decide what we're most comfortable with, and it may have more to do with our own makeup than how we were treated when we were adolescents," says Matt McGue, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota.

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  • veD states that YOU as a person has personality traits borne of the vaasnaa (inherent personality traits) of kARm-sNskaar of YOUR kARm of YOUR combined banking of all your puANy and paapi kARm-fl of all your life-travels to your current life-travel.
  • In each life-travel YOU YOURSELF design your body so that YOU can recieve YOUR kARm-fl of  the kARm of YOUR previous life-travels as they mature in either YOUR sMchit or pRrbDHaa accounts. YOUR self-design of YOUR body is just right for the traits of YOUR vaasnaa as described above and that you will be have to have to receive your kARm-fl.
  • While YOU were growing in YOUR mother's womb as a fetus in the seventh month YOU reviewed with the Creator the playback of the total film of all YOUR previous life-travels and understood that whatever will experience in your coming life-travel is only because of YOUR own kARm-fl deposited in the kaARmik bank from YOUR previous life-travels...SIMPLY PUT ALL THAT YOU DISHED OUT IN PREVIOUS LIFE-TRAVELS - GOOD OR BAD - YOU WILL HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE SAME AS YOU DISHED OUT....And for experiencing the joys and suffering that YOU had dished out YOU designed YOUR own body for that..
  • Thus YOUR body is not made by your parents...your personality traits are not derived from your parents...YOU YOURSELF MADE YOUR BODY AND BROUGHT YOUR PERSONALITY TRAITS FROM YOUR PAST kARm....your parents just provide the environment for whatever kARm-fl YOU came to experience...YOUR  parents giving birth, giving nourishment while YOU are growing is the payback of the inter-traveller debt that all aatmaa (souls) have due to infinite number of life travels in the eternal cyclic creation of this universe in the time concept called klp = 4.32 billion years.....
  • SO veDikly YOU cannot hold anybody responsible or accountable for what YOU experience in this life-travel or any life-travel past or future....meaning DO ONLY GOOD TO ENJOY GOODNESS IN FUTURE LIFE TRAVELS...And while you experience suffering learn never to ever again impose that suffering on any creation and pray for that to come true.....  

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Religious discussions

The team gave questionnaires to 169 pairs of identical twins - 100% genetically identical - and 104 pairs of fraternal twins - 50% genetically identical - born in Minnesota.

The twins, all male and in their early 30s, were asked how often they currently went to religious services, prayed, and discussed religious teachings. This was compared with when they were growing up and living with their families. Then, each participant answered the same questions regarding their mother, father, and their twin.

The twins believed that when they were younger, all of their family members - including themselves - shared similar religious behaviour. But in adulthood, however, only the identical twins reported maintaining that similarity. In contrast, fraternal twins were about a third less similar than they were as children.

"That would suggest genetic factors are becoming more important and growing up together less important," says team member Matt McGue, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota.



Empty nests

Michael McCullough, a psychologist at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, US, agrees. "To a great extent, you can't be who you are when you're living under your parents' roof. But once you leave the nest, you can begin to let your own preferences and dispositions shape your behaviour," he told New Scientist.

"Maybe, ultimately, we all decide what we're most comfortable with, and it may have more to do with our own makeup than how we were treated when we were adolescents," says McGue.

About a dozen studies have shown that religious people tend to share other personality traits, although it is not clear whether these arise from genetic or environmental factors. These include the ability to get along well with others and being conscientious, working hard, being punctual, and controlling one's impulses.

But McGue says the new work suggests that being raised in a religious household may affect a person's long-term psychological state less than previously thought. But he says the influence from this early socialization may re-emerge later on, when the twins have families of their own. He also points out that the finding may not be universal because the research focused on a single population of US men.

Journal reference: Journal of Personality (vol 73, p 471)

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