Analysis Of Frida Kahlo 's Influence On The Individual 's World View And Responses

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Genetic Identity of the Individual Every individual cherishes his or her individuality, identity, or unique role in the world. As defined in the Oxford Dictionary, individuality is “the quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind.” Professional sociologists have long debated the power of environment in shaping identity, thus playing a role in the individual’s world view and responses. Frida Kahlo visually represented the influence of the environment on the individual in her painting, Self Portrait Between the Borderline of Mexico and the United States, 1932, depicting the vast differences between Mexico and the United States, while also conveying her dismay at the American influence that was supplanting her traditional Mexican heritage (Kahlo). This illustrates the impacts of cultural surroundings on an individual and their sense of identity. However, contrary to environmentalist theory, scientific studies have discovered that the individual is greater than a conglomeration of outside influences. Everyone has a unique set of genetic traits that causes one to look, think, and act differently from others. How influential is genetics in the development of the individual and sense of self? Although environmental factors can influence trait expression, genetic identity dictates the physical and mental qualities that create an individual, as each unique genetic code produces distinct social behaviors and…

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