In my recently published book, Behavioral Genes-why we do what we do and how to change, I strive to explain the factors that shape our behaviors of which about 20 to 50% is due to the genes we inherited from our ancestors. What makes this perspective unique is that it proves by the science of epigenetics that genes aren’t destiny, contrary to mainstream psychology.

Consequently, we do not have to be ruled by our genetic roots in undesirable habits, such as unhappiness and stressful anxieties. A major cause of misbehavior results from the mistaken belief of social scientists, psychologists and opinion makers that our genes are our destiny and consequently the genetic component of our behaviors is just something you can’t do much about.

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