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December 9, 2022

 

Nurture Defines Our Identities

The debate of nature vs. nurture has been ongoing for an extremely long time.  Some people believe that both have a significant impact on one’s character, while others believe that only one can affect the traits of everyone around us.  An important thing to note is that nature is mostly associated with one’s genes whereas nurture refers to the environment that one grows up in (“Nature vs. Nurture”).  Where and how someone grew up can greatly affect someone’s responses to future problems.  Therefore, throughout childhood, nurture shapes people’s characteristics more than nature due to the environment people are raised in and the ideas implemented by parents or guardians.  

Many physical characteristics, like “color of eyes, straight or curly hair, pigmentation of the skin and certain diseases” derive from the genetics from one’s parents (McLeod). These specific characteristics do not affect one’s personality.  Genetics are just the makeup of someone’s physical appearance.  Appearance does not necessarily help people solve upcoming trials and tribulations.  For example, when in a job interview for a new and upcoming business, someone who has blue eyes instead of brown eyes will not be hired based solely on their physical traits — they will be hired based on qualifications.  These qualifications and abilities of a person come from the environment that one was raised in.  One’s ability to react quickly and respectfully to customer service problems might have been raised in a household that required such things.   Similarly, the society and physical environment that someone grows up in can affect their self image and beliefs.  The industrialization of society can affect the opportunities that people have which may end up limiting their experiences in the long run.  Those experiences can help shape people’s identity.  One instance could be the belief that money solves all problems due to the mansion and butlers that the child had growing up.  

One’s childhood is “one of the most sensitive and flexible periods of personality development” (Amier-Aeron).  This being said, the environment and ideas that one is raised on are most affected during that time.  Because one’s mind is not fully developed, the parents or guardians opinions can fester in the child’s mind.  Lessons heard during their childhood may affect their opinions and actions in the future.  Therefore, the idea of nurturing one’s mind during childhood with different thoughts helps shape us into the person one is today.  Parents and guardians’ lessons that they teach their children reflect in their character traits.  Granted some lessons and opinions may not be shared by the child, but the idea and theme of the subject has allowed them to create their own opinions and shape their own identity.  A child’s parents may have democratic parents that engrained many ideas of their political party into the child’s mind, yet the child could grow up to be a republican because of the other ideas, experiences, or lessons that he or she may have learned as a child.  

Overall, the environment and ideals that a child is raised are key examples of how nurture helps to shape people’s characteristics.  The good and bad experiences in one’s life have more effect on a person than their physical appearance because they are able to use those feelings to create their own ideas and self image.  Therefore, because one can define who they are through their experiences, environment, and ideals, nurture is more effective than nature.  

Works Cited

Amir-Aeron, Dorsa.  “How Environment Can Influence Personality.”  Fast Company, Fast  Company, 9 January 2020, https://www.fastcompany.com/90449165/our-environment-shapes-our-personality-much-more-than-we-think.  

Mcleod, Saul.  “Nature Nurture in Psychology | Simply Psychology.”  Study Guide for Psychology Students — Simply Psychologyhttps://www.simplypsychology.org/naturevsnurture.html

“Nature vs. Nurture | Psychology Today.”  Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/nature-vs-nurture


Psychopaths

Psychopaths can be both born and created. Chemicals in the brain can be unbalanced from birth and can be brought out by the environment someone is raised in. Even in the tightly bound nature of the young developing mind, supposing that infants can choose between good and evil, along with adults, might not be that crazy after all because babies have proven they can choose between good and bad by participating in multiple experiments using puppets and other child appealing toys.

In the capacity of the mind of a baby, scientists have used toys in experiments to record data of a baby’s thoughts of good or evil. Babies interpret things differently than those of adults, teens and even toddlers. Babies interpret the motivation of others based on movements and the intentions they sense and pick up on. Scientists use puppets and toys to create different scenarios to perform to babies, along the lines of good toy, bad toy. These different variations of experiments help show scientists the narrow-minded nature of the developing minds of infants. Stafford says, “even the youngest humans have at least some sense of right and wrong…an instinct to prefer good over evil” (Stafford). Leading into the results of the experiment, almost after every experiment performed with infants, they almost all chose the good toy as opposed to the bad toy.

Adults can grow up also being able to choose between good and evil, in the sense that based on the way they are born and raised some might choose good in some situations and some might choose bad in others. In that, “the brains of psychopaths exhibit little empathy or desire to do anything that does not benefit themselves” (Smithstein). The amygdala is the part of the brain that is affected in the brain of the psychopath that affects a person’s emotions and decision making. On the opposite side of the spectrum, altruistic usually means a person that shows selfless concern for the well being of others. An altruistic person has a significantly larger amygdala than a person who makes poor decisions and lacks emotions. The way that some are raised also positively or negatively affects the decision making process. In the beginning, “we are all born to a greater or lesser degree, hardwired to be kind to others…some of our goodness is what we are born with” (Smithstein).

To wrap up, we are all born with a sense of good and a sense of bad, with the option to choose. Although making poor decisions and lacking emotion is part of a physical condition of the brain, for the most part psychopaths are made and corrupted by society. Infants being used to perform experiments can prove that people are born good and with stable decision making skills. The way that people are raised and the morals that they are taught and the ones they are not taught make up a person who can make decisions, good or bad.

Works Cited

Smithstein , Samantha. “Are We Born Good or Evil?” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-the-wild-things-are/201409/are-we-born-good-or-evil

Stafford , Tom. “Are We Naturally Good or Bad?” BBC Future, BBC, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20130114-are-we-naturally-good-or-bad.


Glasses

Glasses affect our world in many ways. The way that we see can change by the way our eyes work. They can make you focus, be productive, and not make things blurry. However, there are cons to glasses. Glasses can make you have a headache, sore eye, or even weaken your eyesight when they are taken off. Going back and forth with this topic makes one agree to disagree on the topic of nature vs. nurture. Glasses as much as many other artificial objects that are shaping what is to be our world today and technology to come.

The nature of this topic is that we are given eyes. Some have eyes that are perfect and others not so perfect. We all have problems, no one is perfect. From the nature of this topic is it wrong that we were not born with glasses and should suffer to see for the rest of our lives? That is a tough question for all of those who do struggle with God’s gift of bad eyesight. Even though they might not be in nature, they are for the better to help those who struggle. They help with technology, blue light rays, and weak eye sight. “Parents are worried; nearly a third say they are concerned that computers and handheld electronics may damage their child’s eyesight” (webmd). More the less one juggles with this approach to which the real answer is.

The topic of nurture is broad and fuzzy. The opinion of this topic is that artificial values are taken over by people of our nature. The definition of ‘nurture’ states, “to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development” (dictionary). Nurture is not only fuzzy but also inconclusive. This goes with the procedure of ‘conditioning’. Conditioning is stated in the dictionary as “the process of training… a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response” (dictionary).

Conditioning and nurture go hand and hand on the topic of changing someone’s outlook to make it their own. The nurture of this topic is changing someone’s eyes with glasses because they were not born with glasses or perfect eyesight. On the contrary people need to see through their eyes, they need to have that sort of life in them.
The topic of nurture vs. nature is a very controversial topic especially on the fact of glasses. Glasses can be beneficial in people’s lives but is that going against the topic of nature? Everyone has a different opinion on this topic and that is okay. The basic information is this goes hand and hand in our everyday lives and one cannot live without it.

Works Cited

“Better Information. Better Health.” WebMD, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/.

Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, https://www.dictionary.com/.

https://www.youthvoices.live/tag/nature-vs-nature/