Nature vs. Nurture Nature vs. Nurture has always been adebate between scientists and psychologist and all of those in between. Natureis typically understood as aspects of behaviors that are inherited such as bygenetics. While, Nurture is described to be when a person act a certain way dueto acquired characteristics such as by learning from others (McLeod). Some examples of “Nature”is given from Simply Psychology is that the color of a child’s eyes or whetherthey have straight hair. An example of “Nurture” would be something such as achild developing a sense of humor by learning what their parents think ishumorous (Magher) In myopinion, I believe that Nature and Nurture play a major role in the developmentof any child.
Even though Nature typically represents physical traits a persongains including as stated above, hair differences, as well as possibledisorders such as bipolar disorder. However, even environment can play a rolein even disorders such as bipolar disorder. For personality I think it is basedpurely off of the aspect of Nurture. For example, I am typically a very quietperson, always observing and I will engaged with people if I find it necessary.Quite unlike me, my husband Blake is very outgoing and will talk to people evenif they are complete strangers. I believe we are so different in this waybecause of how we were raised in different family environments.
For him growingup he had both his parents, a brother and many cousins and other family aroundalmost all of the time. During my first 8 years I was an only child with justmy mother and I. Socially, there is already significant difference inenvironments, and this perhaps explains his more outgoing personality. Socialaspects I believe are ideally learned behaviors while anything involving geneticsare considered “Nature”. My experience with the aspect of Nature is that mymother is athletic and in return I also am, while my husband’s parents are notathletically inclined and neither is he. This would be what I think is anexample of Nature playing a role in the growth of the child.
Overall, Istrongly believe that both Nature and Nurture play a part in a child’s life. Ina way it is like saying both a father figure and a mother figure play a role ina child’s life. They may be very different sources, but sometimes they can havecommon outcomes while otherwise they can have completely different outcomes.Essentially, more than just genetics and more than just environment can makechildren grow up to be the adults they are.