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Nature Vs. Nurture Argumentative Analysis

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Nature versus Nurture debate
Nature versus nurture is controversial debate that has been ongoing for several years about whether behaviors are caused by inherited traits or are they influenced by the environment. When Genie the wild child was found, she represented a tabula rasa “blank state” of learning due to the limited basic skills she had, and incapability to speak. Hence, psychologists examined the nature versus nurture argument through Genie. The early stages of growth are fundamentally crucial for children because they need human contact, affection, and interaction to fully develop a sense of self and be fully integrated into society. The absence of proper socialization during those critical periods caused Genie to develop differently than the rest.
Genie was a victim of severe abuse and neglect by her father, Clark Wiley, she was discovered at the age of 13 in her family’s home, she was strapped down to her potty chair and isolated in a dark bedroom for the first years of her life (McMahan, 2014). Genie walked in an inhuman way, she couldn’t speak, she was silent for the most part, the psychologists deduced that she was physically
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For instance, in the third stage of initiative and guilt, during this stage, children will begin interacting with children in school, explore their surroundings, if there is too much guilt in the children’s action, the child will slow or stop the interaction with others. The fourth stage is industry versus inferiority, children at this stage will learn to read, write, and to do sums (McLeod, 2008). If this stage is not encouraged by formal agents of socialization, then the child will begin to feel inferior, therefore he/she may not reach his or her potential. Genie did not complete the stages of development, consequently had difficulty adjusting to
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