Our personality develops as a result of our exchanges with the people closest to us in our early years, usually our parents. We grow in a healthy way if, as young children, we feel loved and accepted for being ourselves. If our parents respect our individuality, and encourage and guide us to express our own true selves, we can develop to our full potential. You must be an online subscriber to view this story. The full version of this story will be available to all readers after 2 weeks.