Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Planned or unplanned, all parents 'indoctrinate' their children - up to the age of 6 or 7 - by which age personality and primary values are established. The general environment - media, play schools, friends and relations, neighbours etc, of course, have to be supportive of those traits and values. It is easy to enjoy fried grasshoppers when all around you eat them.

How that indoctrination plays out depends on how the environment, and this information and reward input, changes subsequently. Given a biodiversity of ideas, the results are unpredictable.

The paucity of psychological studies as you point out, is a function of tunnel vision as to how culture works in general and in particular. How we learn is almost a taboo subject. And yet one that is central to escaping our dilemma - what is happiness?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 02:39:26 PM EST
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