Master Black Belt
- Feb 28, 2019
- Reaction score
- Las Vegas
I believe there is another influencer in behavior/personality development - Individual free will. One can retrain oneself as to how we perceive and react to various stimuli and situations. This might even be a major factor in one's martial art development through dedicated practice, self-perception and the will to become something different. In part, this is one of the goals of MA, is it not?It's worth knowing that a few decades ago, the dominant position in psychology was that behavior was almost entirely learned. Research over the last 30 years has largely debunked those theories.
Regardless of one's hereditary and instinctual inclinations or past learned behavior, we have the ability to mould ourselves into something different. So even twins raised in the same environment, sharing many experiences, can become different from each other. We have some ability to change our behavior patterns because we set our minds to it. We can, to some extent, transform ourselves and become the person we want to be.