Nature vs. Nurture

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Virginia Hilliard

March 30, 2013

English 11 Accel

Nature or Nurture?

Philosophers and psychologists have debated the question of nature vs. nurture for many years. It is considered to be controversial because a person’s genetics are a crucial part of their development; however, the environment and nurturing that a person receives also plays a significant role. Nature illustrates the development of a person’s appearance and some of their personality traits. Nurturing and the environment a person is brought up in, presents a better explanation in the development of a person, because each person is a reflection of the environment they grew up in.

Many people support the nature side of this debate because it is mainly the genetics of a person. The genetic makeup is the deciding factor when it comes to certain illnesses, blood type, eye color, and small personality traits. Despite knowing that illnesses can be cured and appearances can be altered, these people stick with their debate against nurture. While nature and genetics do affect the development of a person, the nurture a person receives outweighs the nature side because environmental factors influence the development of a person.

Everyone comes from a different area, religion, family life, environment, and other external factors that do affect individual development. Stress, nutrition, peer pressure, and the media are more environmental factors that affect people daily. If teenagers were to play more violent video games than nonviolent video games, the violent video games would be assumed to enhance more violence within the teenagers than the nonviolent video games would. Because of this, the emotional effect from the video games will support the nurture side of the debate, because teenagers with nonviolent behaviors had an outside force that potentially affected the teenagers’ personalities.

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