Psy/240 checkpoint 1
Pro-Nature argues that humans behave in one particular way based on the influence of genetic make-up that we have inherited from our parents and generations before us. It is believed that our genetic code is unique and we develop behaviors by what we have learned from infancy through adulthood. Pro-Nurture is the life experiences and exposures we have been around all of our life which can change the genetic code into developed or learned behaviors. I think the flaw lies behind assuming that any one particular behavior is solely responsible or due to genetics. Genetics do play huge role in affecting one directly such as their responses to an issue or situation that may occur. Aggressiveness, patience, empathy or sympathy. I believe that everyone carries these genes to some degree or another and yes, that many of these behaviors can be genetically responsible. I believe that genetics such as how one’s health or wellbeing such as developing breast cancer because it is a hereditary disease that is in your genetic code. As far as behaviors you cannot distinguish in my opinion are you an alcoholic because one of your uncles or relatives were or was it because you like to consume alcohol or because you picked up a bad habit from exposure all your life. I feel that many times when dealing with behaviors of others or even within yourself that they are related to how you were raised. Were you raised with values and morals? Did you live in a household where your parents expressed love, compassion, trust, and respect for others? Or were you exposed to drugs, alcohol, aggressive behaviors, exposure to toxic environments, abuse verbal, mental, physical and or sexual? If the answer is no that your upbringing was a loving environment then it’s possible that the behaviors stem from the exposure of peers. Considering everyone is raised differently and we all carry separate genes it is important to separate what may be genetics from what is learned behaviors. Both genetics and learned behaviors can affect our overall behaviors in which cannot be confirmed one way or the other and cannot be controlled unless it is taught or learned from experience, circumstances or consequences to one’s individual behaviors and how they felt about them. Either way recognizing the complexity of pro-nature and pro-nurture they both are an important role in human development. Pro-nature and pro-nurture is what defines our personalities which create the difference within each and every one of us.