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Meeting Your Needs he ways you choose to meet your needs affect your mental/ T emotional health. For example, meeting the need for affection by building and maintaining respectful, loving relationships with people you care about will strengthen your mental/emotional health. However, sometimes people choose risky ways to fulfill their needs. Some teens may decide to join a gang to feel a sense of belonging or engage in sexual activity in an attempt to feel loved. Such decisions carry dangerous consequences. Gang membership can lead to physical harm and trouble with the law. Sexual activity can result in unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the loss of self-respect and the respect of others. Practicing abstinence and finding healthful ways to meet emotional needs are strategies to avoid these risk behaviors. self-actualization 174 Chapter 7 Achieving Good Mental Health abstinence For more infor- mation about the benefits of abstinence, see Chapter 12, page 318. Practicing abstinence and meeting needs in healthy ways will strengthen your mental/emotional health. What other decisions can you make to promote your health?
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Understanding Your Personality Y our is a complex set of characteristics that makes you unique . It’s what makes you different from everyone else and determines how you will react in certain situations. Personality is an important factor in how you choose to meet your needs. Thus, it plays a major role in your overall mental health. Influences on Your Personality Personality includes an individual’s emotional makeup, atti- tudes, thoughts, and behaviors. It is composed of tendencies that you were born with and characteristics that you have developed in response to life situations and experiences. The two main influ- ences on your personality are heredity and environment. PERSONALITY AND HEREDITY Just as you inherit physical traits such as hair and eye color, you inherit some personality traits from your biological parents and ancestors. Heredity plays a role in determining a person’s basic intellectual abilities and temperament, or emotional tendencies. There is also evidence that heredity may influence behaviors such as risk-taking and talents such as athletic or artistic abilities. This doesn’t mean that you have no control over how successful you become or what you do. Your inherited brain chemistry is only one of the many factors contributing to your personality and behavior. PERSONALITY AND ENVIRONMENT Your environment includes everything that surrounds you in your day-to-day life. This means your family, friends, peers, home, neighborhood, school, and every other person, place, object, event, or activity in your life. All of these influences can have an impact on your developing personality.
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