All babies are born with personality traits that direct how we think and how we act and react to particular things. However, those reactions and thoughts can be manipulated or changed according to the things we experience in life. This is what makes it a challenge to call a trait or behavior genetic or learned. Personality traits are also the genetic code that create our involuntary habits, our learning methods and how we apply what we learn. It is important that parents and educators try to see a child’s learning style in order to allow him or her to best follow their natural learning processes. Learning in their natural way means children truly learn and remember what they learn in order to apply it to daily life.
Characteristics are what we call the learned personality traits. The ones that develop over time and stem from the life experiences one has along the way. Behavioral patterns are developed from the experiences and what is learned. Characteristics are responsible for the formation of personal habits, quirks and the settling of preferred comfort zones. They are what make an individual unique and special. There are no two people with the exact same personality traits and characteristics; because it takes both genetics and environmental experiences to form a person’s set of behaviors and actions. While some personality traits are inherited and do not change, characteristics can change with life experiences and reactions.