03.19.2010 Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE By Psychotherapy Networker
My mind is reeling after Dr. Jerome Kagan's lunch presentation: "Human Nature and the Possibility of Change."
People are wired from birth to have certain dispositions, but are we condemned to these traits? Kagan said, "Science is at an early age for understanding temperament," and that there is an extremely large number of possible temperaments.
"I urge you to not think of abstract states like anxiety, rather, that a person might be anxious of meeting strangers," he said regarding specific symptoms. "Let me remind you that physicians do not have a category called 'general sickness'!"
This scientific understanding may be young, but Dr. Kagan's research and ideas help explain many links between temperament and human behavior.