Professor Robert Plomin, the world’s leading geneticist, said in
2014 of his search for genes that explain differences in our
psychology: ‘I have been looking for these genes for fifteen years.
I don’t have any’. Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people,
Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our
individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays
such an important role in our wellbeing and success. The
implications are huge: as adults we can change, we can clutch our
fates from predetermined destiny, as parents we can radically alter
the trajectory of our childrens’ lives, and as a society we could
largely eradicate criminality and poverty. Not in Your Genes will
not only change the way you think about yourself and the people
around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and
your life for the better.