Interpersonal Skills L 2
Interpersonal Skills L 2

Interpersonal Skills L 2

In the last blog, I wrote about the interpersonal skills of the mother and the to be born baby. There I discussed some of the factors that may affect this beautiful relationship that is created between the mother and the new baby in the womb. They are the fundamental factors responsible for developing #relationshiop

  1. Genetic factors
  2. Environmental factors
  3. Acquired factors

Genetic Factors: Medical and Biological

All of us know that the genes in the chromosomes are a store house of the various characteristics that are inherited by us from our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. (The 3 generations) These factors include medical and biological. Medical factors are those that are inherited.

Medical factors:

  1. Increase in life span and mortality rates in developed countries are an example.
  2. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Prion disease are examples of Genetic factors
  3. High blood pressure and Diabetics
  4. Sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis
  5. Down syndrome and Duane syndrome leading to muscular dystrophy are some of the examples that may be inherited even if not present in the mother.

Biological factors:

  1. Individuals inherit one factor from each parent for each trait. (Which may be predominant or passed on to the next generations)
  2. When the organism reproduces, all the information for growth, survival and reproduction for the next generation is passed on the DNA from the present generation. L 2
  3. There are Five types of inheritance in biology that are described as autosomal dominant/ autosomal recessive/X-linked dominant/ X-linked recessive and mitochondrial. 

 Environmental factors:

 Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, lists the following4 forms of inheritance

  1. The General inheritance system
  2. Epigenic inheritance system
  3. Behavioral inheritance system
  4. The symbolic inheritance system

It is interesting to note that “the behavioral inheritance systems are directly or indirectly influenced by the social environment”. And how we perceive the social environment depends upon how we see the world.

To quote Late Mr. Stephen R. Covey: “We see the world not as it is but as we are- or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we want to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions and our paradigms. When other people disagree with us, we immediately think that something is wrong with them. Sincere clear-headed people see things differently, each looking through the unique lens of experience”.

To Quote again Mr. Stephen R covey,’ If Ten seconds can have that kind of impact on the way we see things, what about the conditioning of a lifetime? The influencers in our life-family, school, church, work environment, friends, associates, and current social paradigms such as the Personality Ethic – all have made their silent unconscious impact on us and help shape our frame of reference, our paradigms, our maps.”

Acquired factors:

To quote from Wikipedia, “An acquired characteristic is a non-heritable change in the function or structure of a living organism, caused after birth by disease, injury, accident, deliberate modification, variation, repeated use, disuse, misuse, or other environmental influence. Acquitted traits are synonymous with acquired characteristics”. These change the functioning of the living organism.

That is why, the Genetic, Environmental and Acquired factors combine the way we behave in any given circumstances. And our behaviors determine the way others perceive us.


About the author: Mr. Ramprasad Varanasi

Mr. Ramprasad Varanasi has worked in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry for 3 decades from Medical Representative to Vice President Marketing. He has more than 2 decades of consulting experience. During these years, he has specialized in testing and counselling many individuals, couples and groups of people working together in corporate teams with astonishing revelations and helped them lead a better life. He utilizes his Online Testing Tool XPRT- Excellent Personnel Relationships and XCEL- Excellent Customer Relationships to fathom the behaviors of Personnel working in Teams or individuals.

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