hereditary traits

Canada
February 3, 2007 11:44pm CST
I know your eye color, the shape of your nose, your height and weight are all hereditary traits. Even your personality has traits from your ancestors. The topic up for discussion here is whether you feel things such as your favourite color, favourite foods, etc could be hereditary or what is the cause for them. One theory I have on the favourite color question is that your favourite color could be determined by dominant colors from your childhood. Say you had a favourite blue blanket in your early childhood, or a teddybear with a red shirt. Could this have caused your favourite color. Is it predetermined at birth or do you have the power to choose?
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@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
I don't think it is exactly genetically predisposed but it is related in one way or another. People say that our choice of colors has something to do with our temperaments and personalities. A melancholic type prefers blue or gray mostly. Sanguine choleric individuals prefers bright colors. Although the choice of color is an exercise of the power to choose but temperaments are genetically predisposed. So there is a connection somewhere.
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• Canada
4 Feb 07
I can believe this theory. Different colours are believed to bring out different emotions and feelings in people. Much like you have stated, I forget what they actually are but I remember learning about it in a sociology class.
4 Apr 12
I used to think that my favorite color being the same as my dad's may have been an environmental influence possibly, but when my son's favorite color turned out to be the same as his dad's even though they hadn't spent all that much time together in my son's earlier years nor had they ever discussed it or had things to display the color (a deep blue-violet indigo color) I decided it is possible that it could indeed be a hereditary factor. I haven't been able to find a reliable study, though I have tried to start an informal "What's your favorite color and could it be hereditary" question and answer type study on my Facebook page. We'll see what happens.
4 Apr 12
I used to think that my favorite color being the same as my dad's may have been an environmental influence possibly, but when my son's favorite color turned out to be the same as his dad's even though they hadn't spent all that much time together in my son's earlier years nor had they ever discussed it or had things to display the color (a deep blue-violet indigo color) I decided it is possible that it could indeed be a hereditary factor. I haven't been able to find a reliable study, though I have tried to start an informal "What's your favorite color and could it be hereditary" question and answer type study on my Facebook page. We'll see what happens.
@MySpot (2602)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I've often wondered why or where favorites come from too. Blue has always been my favorite color and the only thing that comes to mind from my childhood that I adored was the lil blue cartoon "The Smurf's". This was around 8 years old and that is my favorite number. The infinity symbol is my favorite symbol and it's a side-ways eight..... This is one of those 'makes ya go hmmm???' type questions. Great work!
• Canada
4 Feb 07
That is a very interesting response. It's kind of funny and intriguing thinking about all the brainwork which goes on without us being aware of it. These subliminal thoughts could affect our favourites. Perhaps their was an event which happened when you were 8 which was a milestone for you.
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@MySpot (2602)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Well, I've given it some more thought. I Remembered that The Smurf's was my Grandma's favorite too and we'd (me and my cousin) stay overnight on Friday night so we could all watch the Smurf's together on Saturday morning. I was closer to this particular cousin and Grandmother than my others. My Grandma was such a humanitarian. She was the one who'd take in any stray in need. She helped many people who were going through a tough time. I really looked up to her and think she was a big influence, so maybe this ties it all in?
• United States
4 Feb 07
Wow what an excellent topic. I wonder if we have the power to choose all the time or are predisposed to certain things. I am much like my dad, he didnt like ketchup and I dont either. he liked blue and I did too. We had some of the fave foods also. I wonder if I was taking after him or just wanting to be like him....hmm this topic is great and really made my wheels turn and ponder this.
• Canada
4 Feb 07
Yes I've went through this to. Some things, such as my favourite hockey team I know were just because I wanted to be like him. Its kind of weird though when I was a kid I liked the same team he liked as a kid but I didn't know at the time he use to like that team. As I got older my likings changed and I switched teams. We also like the same foods, but I believe this is because I grew up eating it.