Do Genetics or the Environment Set Our Mood?

By Rick Nauert, PHD

Intriguing new research investigates the influence of genetics and the environment on a person’s set-point — the baseline emotional state that sets the mind’s level of contentment or unease.

Researchers have known that while everyone struggles through life’s ups and downs, we tend to drift back to a “set point” and that this level is typically stable for depression and anxiety.

The overwhelming view within psychiatry and psychology is that the baseline is due to genetic factors, said Virginia Commonwealth University psychiatrist Kenneth S. Kendler. “Yet we know that extreme environmental adversities, such as abuse in childhood or wartime trauma, have a long-term impact on people,” he said. 

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