R-Drive Personality System

The R-Drive Personality system is based on the idea that genetics and environment result in distinct motivation drives that essentially define individual personality. Person A had a very artistic father (and other relatives) and that's a big part of why they are artistic (genetic). Person B had a really bad experience taking risks as a child which caused them to become very cautious (environmental). Naturally, most people's personalities / reward drives will reflect an interactive mix of both genetic and environmental influences.

It is important to note that these motivation drives are influenced by individual subjective perception of rewards. A person, because of genetics and/or environment, perceives certain behaviors to be rewarding (even if in the long term and/or short term, they may not be). The person with an eating disorder or drinking problem or penchant to package bad mortgages and sell them as good mortgages to retirement fund managers (wiping out people's nest eggs) perceives rewards from their behavior and that is why they continue to engage in it.

What makes you who you are (what careers you may prefer, friends you might get along better with, romantic partners you might be more suited to, positive and negative personal characteristics and life outcomes) is highly influenced by your perceptions of what is rewarding. People with more accurate/correct perceptions of what's actually rewarding (to themselves and others) will be more likely to live happier/healthier lives and have a more positive effect on others.

Of course you can also have a reward profile that yields a happy life for you but misery for anyone around you, or misery for people you have an effect on but are not personally involved with (like a chemical company worker who plays a part in toxic pollution). You may be happy (knowingly or unknowingly) with friends or a spouse like the aforementioned. On a micro / short sighted level you might not see anything wrong with that kind of life choice, but on a macro level you are contributing to real suffering in the world. You are objectively a potentially negative value human being. The basic definition of that being someone whose total sum effect on the world is more negative than positive (lowering the overall quality of life). Positive value human beings naturally have the opposite effect.

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