Essay:Heredity and environment play a vital role in the development of the personality of the individual Introduction:
Heredity and environment play a vital role in the development of the personality of the individual. We can not separate them into water-tight compartments. Both are interrelated and interconnected. Development of Thought:
From time immemorial people have debated which is more important for personality: heredity or environment. Earlier the emphasis was on heredity expressed very often through the proverb "A chip off the old block". Later, with the spread of the Freudian point of view concerning the growth of personality disorders as resulting from unhealthy environmental conditions, the pendulum swung to the opposite direction and major emphasis was placed on the role played by environment. However, modern researches have shown that every trait of the individual and his every reaction depend both on the joint impact of heredity and environment. In no way can the environment and hereditary factors be sorted out in two exclusive categories. Conclusion:
In short both are potent factors in the development of the child. As in most aspects of development, there is always the question, which is more important for personality-heredity or environment. According to traditional views, the personality of the individual is believed to be a direct result of his heredity. This is expressed in the saying 'A chip off the old block' because people were so certain that the child was born with a personality trait. The child was permitted to grow up with such traits becoming stronger-effort on the part of his parents being directed towards trying to discover which side of the family was responsible for these traits; instead of putting the same energy into an attempt to correct them. Later, with the spread of the Freudian point of view concerning the...