Website owner: James Miller
I wonder if the personality traits of self-reliance and independence have their roots in anti-social feelings and attitudes in early childhood? I am myself extremely self-reliant and independent. I wonder where the traits came from in myself. Are they innate, in the genes? I don't think so. I think they are from feelings and outlooks of early childhood. I am a person who never asks for favors of anyone. Why? I don't want to be indebted to anyone. I want to be unentangled, free to do the right and rational thing, without other considerations. I don't want any entanglements that might interfere with my ability to act in a right, rational way. And, in general, I don't trust humanity much or have a very high regard for the average person. And I think these feelings go back to my early childhood. I have been a loner since childhood, never gregarious, never really trusting people too much -- trusting neither their motives, values or intellects. I have always wanted to be free to use my own reason, follow my own way. If you get too socially and emotionally involved you lose that freedom. From early childhood my intuition has always guided me in the direction of independence, self- reliance and reason and against dependence, gregariousness, and social entanglement. I believe what I am today in this regard is a direct result of conscious decisions made in early childhood. Apr 1996 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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