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Do people change?

As humans we evolved from, in a sense, animals. We all have animalistic characteristics in each and every one of us.

For example;
Raise a baby tiger from birth in a home, in civilization and teach it to be a calm and loving animal it will conform to learn to be as loving and as a obedient as a dog. When it is fully grown put the tiger back into its natural habitat and sooner then later its animal instincts of "killing" and "survival of the fetus" will emerge. It will go back to being who he is, what a tiger really is. No matter how long you teach the tiger to be loving and gentle once back it its innate environment something will trigger its true self to emerge.

Humans compared to animals have the ability to learn and evolve therefore could a human learn other ways and change or is who we are at birth pre-determined and will stay with us forever?

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  • Sep 7 2012: Humans...are born with our neurology in a very undeveloped state. I think it is this that allows our brains to...sort of imprint on the culture around us. Also on our family. So as we become mature, it does become more difficult to change who we are...as our habits and preferences are literally wired into the structure of our brains.
    But...we still have neurogenesis occurring as adults. So it is possible to change.
    In our evolutionary past, adaptability was selected-for.
    Personality can change radically over a lifespan.

    Now...there is a catch to that. Twin studies seem to show that there are innate proclivities to like certain things. I think one is influenced by genetics. Humans are no blank slate.
    Still, we're evolved to be able to change ourselves as required.

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