Models of Development

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Models of Development|
MED 502 Child & Adolescent Psychology|
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Models of Development

It has been said that sometimes incidents occur that may cause us to have doubts and make us feel, “Why did this kind of thing have to happen again?” or “This is really discouraging.” (Ikeda). I’ve learned that there is no benefit to anyone when I allow myself to be swayed by my environment. When this happens, it imposes a negative effect on those around me. It is during these moments in which I have to muster up an inner determination to make the most out of the situation and turn my problems into happiness. After doing some extended research on the Nature vs. Nurture debate, I was drawn to a philosophical consideration that expands on a person’s determination and free will. In other words, I am going to summarize a period of my life that had a major impact on my development as a young woman searching for independence. I’ve been challenged to use the following three models or perspectives of development which are nature or nurture, reciprocal determinism, and ecological perspective and show how my experiences and opportunities for growth as a human being are related to the required theories. The nature versus nurture debate concerns the relative importance of an individual's innate qualities versus personal experiences in determining individual differences in physical and behavioral traits. As I learn about this viewpoint, I begin to reflect on a few endeavors I encountered as an aspiring college student. I’ve endured a personal fight between my Fundamental Darkness & my Fundamental Enlightenment or in other words, my negative tendencies & qualities versus my positive tendencies & qualities all the while trying to function in my environment. I attended Norfolk State University in 1994. During my sophomore year, I got a job, I had a boyfriend, I was excited, and my priorities changed. I thought I was grown...
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