Nature Vs. Nurture : Nature Versus Nurture

1337 WordsApr 1, 20166 Pages
Nature vs. Nurture There are many different ways that behavior can be explained, especially on the terms of nature vs. nurture. Aggression is a behavior that has been extensively analyzed in a complex manner and the causes of it can be explained many different ways. Aggression can be defined as hostile or destructive behavior that can cause injury or destructive outlook especially when caused by frustration. Nature can be defined as aspects of behavior that have been inherited or are genetic, while nurture is all aspects that are influenced by environmental characteristics and experience. Many factors, both biological and environmental, influence and promote aggressive behaviors, such as hormones and neurotransmitters, genetics, family life, past experiences, and hobbies. The concept of “nature vs. nurture” began with the English polymath, Francis Galton in 1869. When applying the term “aggression” to the matter, there were two views about its source, the first being nature, a psychoanalytic approach. Nature is the belief that genetics determine our behavior. In the case of aggression, many nature-based factors play a role in aggression, of which include certain neurotransmitters, genetics, and gender. Sigmund Freud played a large role in the psychoanalytic approach to aggression. Freud believed that aggression was an innate drive within in a person, and that humans possess two basic drives: Thenatos, or destructive energy (aggression), and Eros, the drive for pleasure. He
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