I was born & raised ultra-orthodox catholic, w/mom being a born catholic & dad a convert. I was deeply religious/spiritual from a young age, but there were things in catholicism that just never made sense to me, like: virgin birth, Mary worship, gruesome obsession with 1 particular crucifixion, belief that they are actually ingesting blood & flesh from a guy dead 2,000 yrs. ago (blood prohibited in Torah), idolizing & wearing crosses, the role of the priest as mediator between person & G-d, & in particular the idea that G-d would make Himself into a human so that he could sacrifice himself TO Himself! How does that make any sense?
So, I gave it up & started a quest for "spiritual truths", which eventually led me to a study group learning Jewish Mysticism. THAT clicked. The techniques I learned WORKED. I learned to meditate & connect with G-d 1-on-1 (no priest, pope, etc.). I felt G-d pushing me towards attending synagogue, then to conversion class, & finally actually converting. That was in 1990 & no regrets.
What David says about having a Jewish soul - I totally agree! I feel certain that I have been Jewish in other lifetimes & that I DO have a Jewish soul. Oddly, my dad loved Al Jolson & I grew up hearing him sing the Kol Nidre, Hatikvah, "Cantor on the Sabbath", etc. He had a lot of respect for the Jewish people, so it must have been passed on to me as well. Now I get to sing with our High Holy Days choir & do the choral part for Kol Nidre!
It was the right decision for me, & I know that it was what G-d wanted me to do. Just listen for that "still, small voice" to guide you to where He wants you. Baruch Hashem!
Through natural selection, beginning with life-threatening times, personality has evolved into what it is today. Epigenetics is the best answer to how a person develops personality. Nature and genetics do in fact have an effect on personality, but nurture is the greater force. In Powledge’s (2014) article she states, “The Montreal researchers showed how early experience could shape an adult animal’s behavior and even disease susceptibility, and they attributed these findings to gene changes wrought by epigenetic events.” How a child is treated from the beginning of their life will determine how they will react to others around them. If a child grows up around alcohol and cigarettes they will most like smoke and drink at some time throughout their life. When children are raised around violence and abuse they are often left with an impaired sense of affection towards others. The same goes for personality development; people are molded by their environment. This is recognisable in twin studies.