Nature vs Nurture, a Reflection

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Psychology 100
Reflection Essay
1April2013

Reading our psychology text, many topics have stood out to me, but none more than the Nature versus Nurture and Human Diversity topic. What makes a person unique? Does our environment or genetic makeup determine how we will act as we grow up? Will I be influenced by the actions of those I associate with? Will I act like my parents? Am I genetically predisposed to follow in the footsteps of my parents? After I finish my degree, I plan to be a social worker. I believe this particular topic can benefit me in my career. Every person is unique, from their personality to the way they care for their family. One question that plagues the mind of many is whether human behavior is influenced by genetics or by the individual’s environment. I believe that it is a combination of both. Although it is not true for all people, whether you grow up wealthy or poor, it does not dictate the path of your life. While there are those who will write their own paths, there are those who follow in the footsteps of others, allowing their environment to affect their behaviors. I think young children are more likely to allow their environment to influence their behaviors as they know no better. As children grow and learn to think for themselves, they can make better (or worse) decisions for themselves. While some people will not try to better themselves, thinking that they always will be poor and always will, there are those who strive to have better, to be better, to provide better for their families. The same can be said for those who grew up wealthy. Some people know the proper way to save and invest their funds while others will foolishly spend money like it’s nothing. One can say that the way an individual is raised will shape who they will be as an adult, but that is not always true. There will always be the exceptions to the rule. My great grandmother told my mother (who she raised when my grandparents were killed) that as parents it...
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