: an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
Origin of proclivity
Latin proclivitas, from proclivis sloping, prone, from pro- forward + clivus slope — more at pro-, declivity
First Known Use: circa 1591
I remember hearing this word on a show I watching last year. I am sure I was watching something on The Oprah Network, where she had an “A Ha!” moment. I was so intrigued by the word that I looked it up. And I thought to myself why haven’t I heard of this word before?
Everyone has something they are predisposed to that is not acceptable, hence, their proclivity. How many of us have proclivities towards certain things? Self-destructive behavior? Bad habits? Obsessions?
Let’s take it a step further; being inclined or having a tendency to do something is also called predilection and also propensity. How is proclivity different? Proclivity is a tendency to do something bad or unfavorable. Predilection is to favor something or being inclined to favor something. One can have a predilection for brunettes or rock music. A rock star may have proclivities to drink excessively or partake in recreational drugs. Propensity and Proclivity can be used interchangeably.
I wouldn’t be me, if I didn’t try to make a quick poem or something out of this word that I so love. So here is something that I just came up with:
I try to give him the best of me
I am drawn to his energy
I know he isn’t the best for me
Emotional destruction is my proclivity
He is never faithful to me
Yet I’m faithful to the toxicity
That only he seems to bring me
I keep going back
To the pain that will inevitably kill me
When will I learn to love me?
And void myself of these proclivities.