ideas & perspectives, Psychology, things i learned

writing || know yourself

My high school philosophy class once touched briefly upon a paradox whose name I don't remember but whose topic intrigued me. The question was: are we the same person all our lives? Is "Ioana" (that's me!) a consistently defined entity? You might instinctively shout yes, because after all, you've got memories that belong to you… Continue reading writing || know yourself

ideas & perspectives, things i learned

writing || happiness, productivity, and success is cultural | my trip to romania

helloo world! I got back from my 3-week solo trip to visit family in Romania a couple days ago. It’s been an absolutely astonishing past month for me. I had a blast spending time with my (apparently pretty big) family, making new friends, and embracing new experiences. I was also learning so freaking much every… Continue reading writing || happiness, productivity, and success is cultural | my trip to romania

ideas & perspectives, things i learned

writing || when living “intentionally” backfires

Okay. This is going to be short, and it's going to be to the point. Funny because in writing that, and prefacing this very interesting topic with an uninteresting little meta-insight, I'm being counterproductive to my whole initial mission to stick to the point. But I always seem to feel the need to explain what's… Continue reading writing || when living “intentionally” backfires

academic, ideas & perspectives, Philosophy

writing || We are what we can control: an argument for Nature, not Nurture

The circumstances of our births are instrumental in determining who we are to become. However, to what degree do they cement our fates and make up who we are as people? The question of whether our innate human nature or the conditions of our nurturing throughout childhood have a greater role to play in our development is a hotly debated one. And the truth is that we have no way of knowing the scientifically-accurate answer. The question is a matter of hypotheticals - if we perform an experiment in which twins are reared separately to see how they differ in personalities when nature is kept the same but nurture is modified, not only are there too many other variables to account for, but we have no way of comparing the results to those had we kept the twins together. However, as humans we feel responsible for what we willingly choose and control, and when it comes to the course of our life, there is a lot we can control. It may be argued, then, that although nature affects our options, it is nurturing and the choices we and others willingly make that are the essence of what makes us uniquely human and individual.