We separate everything about ourselves into two categories, nature vs. nurture. The debate over nature vs. nurture focuses on relative contributions that influence our human behavior, such as personality, cognitive traits, or temperament and psychopathology (McLeod). Our world has evolved so much that we have things that we use to nurture ourselves and hide that natural part of ourselves, that is why we have two separate ideas that make up our lives, nature vs. nurture.
Nature is anything that is natural and not made or changed by humankind. Nature is the genes and hereditary factors that make us who we are, such as our physical appearance (Cherry). Some examples of nature are our eye color, blood group, and height. Nurture is anything not natural and has been developed by humankind. Nurture is all environmental factors that make us who we are, such as body weight and hair length. Some other examples of environmental factors could be early childhood experiences, our social relationships, and our surrounding culture (Cherry).
A perfect example of nurture is hair dye. Hair dye is made by humankind which makes it nurture. Hair dye has recently become a big part of my life. I have dyed my hair many times in the past year, and what I have learned about it is that it is not natural. Nurture is the complete opposite of biological/genetic predispositions (MedicineNet). When I dye my hair, I am nurturing it to hide my natural/genetic color. By changing my hair color, I change something natural about myself. Hair dye is made by humankind which makes it nurture.
Nature vs. nurture are two separate ideas that can make up who we are as individuals. Natural qualities of ourselves are biological/genetics that we are born with. Nurture is anything developed or changed by humankind. Some ideas, such as height or freckles, can be natural or nurtured. This topic can be a huge debate in our world today because everyone has different beliefs whether things are natural or are nurtured. What’s something about you that natural or nurtured?
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