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03.16.22

Genetics vs. Environment: Which One Has More Power over Your Life and Behavior? with Danielle Dick, PhD

Genetics play an important role in the positive aspects of our personality, the potential challenges we might have in life, and the overall tendencies of how we’ll act and behave. Although our genes are fundamental for this equation, the environment in which we live and the people and places that surround us are also responsible for many things. Being aware of this balance is the first step to self-knowledge.

In today’s episode of What You’re Craving, Molly welcomes Dr. Danielle Dick, PhD and author of ‘The Child Code’. Besides explaining the idea of genetics and biology, Dr. Danielle also touches on important points about parenting and child behavior. The way kids are raised will potentially influence their adult life and, as parents, it’s important to involve children in all of the solution processes. Tune in!

Episode Quote

  • “What I mean is not that genes are destiny and DNA is destiny, that we don’t have an active important role in our life outcomes, but very often we completely ignore the really important role of genes in so much in human behavior.” – Dr. Danielle Dick

Key Highlights

  • Dr. Danielle shares her background in psychology and genetics;
  • Does willpower is enough to break an addictive cycle? How addictive behaviors can go a different route?
  • How much does genetic play a role on the way we show up to the world and how we interact with it;
  • How parenting influence our tendencies in adulthood;
  • Dr. Danielle explains that, as parents, it’s important to solve problems with the kids participating;
  • Our traits, personality and unique characteristics were given to us for a reason; it’s important to accept the way we were made;
  • DNA is not our destiny. It’s not something unchangeable, but also not something to be ignored;
  • Dr. Danielle explains that half of our differences and tendencies are due to biology, and half is due to our environment;
  • Dr. Danielle shares her thoughts on what we’re all craving.

About Dr. Danielle Dick

Dr. Danielle Dick is a researcher, professor of psychology and genetics, and author of ‘The Child Code: Understanding Your Child’s Unique Nature for Happier, More Effective Parenting’. She is internationally recognized and expert in genetics and environmental influences on human behavior.

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Book: The Child Code by Dr. Danielle Dick, PhD

About Molly Carmel

Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

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