Feeling Trusting? You Probably Inherited It (But Not This)

Feeling Trusting? You Probably Inherited It (But Not This)

Some of your feelings lie in your genes, this study finds.

Taking risks is an essential part of a rewarding life. Collaboration not only leads to greater results, but it’s an integral part of being human. It can make your relationships more fulfilling, and give you a sense of belonging, which is great for mental health.

If you display trust, it could be the result of others laying the groundwork for a solid interchange. But it could also partially be the work of genetics.

A study done at the University of Arizona looked at identical and fraternal twins. Participants were asked to decide how much money to send to another study participant, and also how much money to take away from another, with the money representing feelings of trust and distrust.

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It was found that identical twins behaved more similarly compared with the fraternal twins when it came to displaying trust. When it came to not trusting others, however, the results varied much more widely. Researchers feel this suggests that your genetics are influencing how much you trust others, but not your worrying distrust.

“We all have a stock of past experiences that we draw on to help determine how we are going to behave in different situations,” said Martin Reimann, assistant professor of marketing in the UA’s Eller College of Management and lead author of the study.

Which life experiences influence the amount you trust or distrust others, the most? Future studies are needed, researchers say. Or, you could just follow your nose.

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