It definitely is a protective factor. When I actually sit and take the time to figure out why I take so long to open up to people it all stems back to the relationships I’ve had in the past. Whether it be the friends I’ve had or even family, it really originates from these two sources. I realize that having a few bad experiences sum up and shape how I interact with the world isn’t the best thing to do. Knowing this, I am definitely trying resolve these inner qualms that I have with myself. Like you said, change is inevitable. Rather than the experience molding the individual, the individual should mold around the experience and ultimately evolve. It’s an ongoing process, I’ve realized, it never really stops.