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nature vs. nurture

Nature Vs. Nurture

When we first started learning about the age old question of nature vs. nurture, I agreed
with the concept of nature. I hated the idea of nurture, that no one is truly unique. I
was against that. I liked to think that everyone is individual. But then as I thought more
about it, I started to not like the idea of Nature. That we dont have a choice in who we
are, that it has all been decided for us.


I was thinking about alot of things that could affect how someone is. There are some
things that can describe how someone is using both nature and nurture.



The question regarding nature and nurture can be argued either way and has by countless
brilliant people and psychologists.There are lots of examples supporting both sides. But
what does this mean for me? I am an 15 year old young girl trying to shape myself into an
ideal person, I have tendencies, habits, talents, these come from both sides of the issue
that we have before us, nature or nurture, what is it? For me I think it is a little of
both, nurture can explain a lot of what is me, however it can't explain everything and for
everything else we look to nature. I personally believe I am who I am because of both
nature and nurture.


I dont agree that theres only one thing that decides what someone will be like. Im going
to address this issue by looking at both sides of the spectrum. If the only thing that
determines someones personality is nurture, then why is everyone unique? Wouldn't that
mean that people who grow up n the same house and raised by the same people all be exactly
alike? I know this is not true. Im reminded everyday at home. Im nothing like my sisters.
I get compared to them because they all did well in school and were very respectful. Im
not always like that and this is blamed on the public school system by my parents and
blamed on my choice of friends. Some people say that friends influence one another and
that is true but it brings me back to the original question. Before people have friends,
when they are little and stay at home and before they're in school, then peoplel still
have there tendencies and personalities. The parents try to help them mold them into the
perfect people, but even then, before the children are exposed to any ideas that go
against there parents ideals, children still disobey. They still act in ways that there
parents never taught them. Where do those come from? Even babies that havent been alive
very long and havent had a chance to be nurtured still show personalitys. Where does that
come from? People can be taught something all in the same way but make it unique. I
thought of this while I was writing this paper. In first grade everyone was taught the
alphabet in the same way. Every day we had to trace a copy of the alphabet, each letter 10
times. And we all developed our own unique writing.



It seems like I can go around in circles forever showing examples that support both sides.





Chemistry is an important aspect of why we act the way that we do. Genetically, our
parents can pass down many of their traits to us. One may be genetically dispositioned to
be an alcoholic like my uncle. But if a child grows up around alcoholics and sees at a
very young age that alcohol rules the worlds of those around them they may be prone to
think this same why. Some may be an alcoholic not because they drink too much or even too
often but because everyone in the family is. And like the color of skin this trait is
passed down with ease. I nurtured myself into this habit. So to support my thesis the
chemistry of the brain can be both.


Every teenager exhibits similar tendencies. Many of these tendencies can be credited to
the numerous physiological changes occurring in the body at the time. Many teenagers act
out or change study habits these changes can be because of the internal confusion that one
is feeling. Not all of the typical behavior shown by teenagers comes from the chemical
changes occurring in their bodies. Teenagers often rebel because of the certain way their
parent parents, or the crowd that they run with. Teenager's undeveloped rapidly changing
entities are extremely vulnerable and can be morphed through the attention given to them
in a certain social situation.


Now the phenomena concerning twins baffles me. To hear about twins separated at birth but
exhibit the same tendencies suffer the same illnesses amazes even the most intelligent
people. This would most definitely be nature. On the other hand some twins never
separated, who grew up wearing matching outfits etc. exhibit none of the tendencies of the
prior. This whole topic is so baffling it is easy to understand that because of such
different data coming from such similar case studies why researchers are stumped.


Men and women are heavily influenced by nature. Men growing up in a house full of women
still come out men and vice versa. However society has such strict definitions drawn for
what makes a man a man blah blah blah that in whatever type of environment you are in this
will be engrained in your head. However at a very young age children make a discovery that
they are different. Now if you kept a girls hair short dressed her in boys close she may
not discover until and obvious time that she is different. Upon learning this she will act
as if she is different therefore showing the difference in men and women. While many women
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