From The Atlantic: Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dande­lions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spec­tac­u­larly if given green­house care. So holds a provoca­tive new theory of genetics, which asserts that the very genes that give us the most trouble as a species, causing behav­iors that are self-destruc­tive and anti­so­cial, also underlie humankind’s phenom­enal adapt­ability and evolu­tionary success. With a bad envi­ron­ment and poor parenting, orchid chil­dren can end up depressed, drug-addicted, or in jail—but with the right envi­ron­ment and good parenting, they can grow up to be society’s most creative, successful, and happy people. · Go to The science of success →