The Orchid Hypothesis

I must say this is by far one of the most informative and exciting entries I've read all year. Dobbs does a good job explaining the more promising alternative to the diathesis-stress model.

Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care. So holds a provocative new theory of genetics, which asserts that the very genes that give us the most trouble as a species, causing behaviors that are self-destructive and antisocial, also underlie humankind’s phenomenal adaptability and evolutionary success. With a bad environment and poor parenting, orchid children can end up depressed, drug-addicted, or in jail—but with the right environment and good parenting, they can grow up to be society’s most creative, successful, and happy people.

I highly suggest checking it out:


  1. I read this article. It is mind blowing. It contains the epiphany to reverse discrimination against children with ADHD and adults with anitsocial tendencies or deperession. The positive ramifications from this research are infinate. Ultimately it logically extends from the Einstein philospy, "In adversity there is opportunity."


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