The Debate On Nature Versus Nurture Essay

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Noted psychologist Jerome Kagan once said “Genes and family may determine the foundation on the house, but time and place determine its form” (Fraser). The debate on nature versus Nurture has been a mystery for years now, constantly begging the question on what has a greater effect on the human development of humans. Is human behavior, ideas, and feelings innate or are they learned over time. Nature, or genetic influences, are formed before birth and shaped through early experiences. Genes are viewed as long and complicated chains that are present thought life and develop over time. Nature supporters believe that genes form a child’s conscience and determine one’s approach to life. Nurture is constituted of the influence of millions of complex environmental factors that form a child’s character. Advocators of Nurture do not believe that character is predetermined by genes, but formed over time. Since the 1600’s studies have been conducted to find the answer to what has a greater effect on human development. The studies have shown substantial evidence that human development is greatly affected by both the concept of Nature and Nurture. Although they are interpreted two separated concepts, they both are needed for humans to successfully psychologically develop as they both work contribute about the same amount in human development. There are a numerous amounts of approaches to human development in Psychology, and many of those approaches have a view that correlates more on the
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