Emotional patterns from our early years can often stay etched with us throughout our adult life. Different emotional patterns may form, depending on the different influences and those can bring about different emotional patterns in us.
For example, if someone is overpowering and we don’t know how to react when that person is around us, we may become more submissive. Behaviour traits can run in families. How many of us stop to question our behaviour, when we’re around family? We may behave a certain way, when we don’t understand the family dynamics.
Parents with strong cultural values may put their cultural beliefs first and that of the community, instead of their children. Children are expected to conform to their family and culture, as well as conforming to their community.
As a consequence of conformity, we may continue to enact the same conditional behaviour traits from when we were children and because we’re not always consciously aware of it, we won’t even know we’re doing it. Life can continue to mirror the same patterns, until we change them.