10 ways your parents’ behaviors shaped who you are today

Whether your parents were your best friends or you barely knew them, your relationship with Mom and Dad had an impact on who you are today.

At least that’s what Sigmund Freud said when he theorized that our adult personality develops from early childhood experiences, an insight empirically tested by attachment theory and developmental psychology through the 20th century up until today.

Although there is no set formula for raising a successful child, in a recent essay for CNBC Make It, Maye Musk, the mother of the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, said she found the key to raising kids is exposing them to hard work and encouraging their interests.

“People often ask me how I raised such successful kids. I tell them I did it by teaching them about hard work and letting them follow their interests,” Musk wrote.

Countless studies and extensive clinical research has found links between your parents’ behavior during childhood and how you act as an adult. If your mother was constantly juggling multiple jobs, you are likely to suffer from stress. If your parents set high expectations for you, you were more likely to perform better in school.