Nature vs Nurture

@Aeval39 (774)
United States
November 8, 2006 5:48pm CST
What do you think determines and shapes our personality more, our genes or the environment we grow up in?
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• Singapore
9 Nov 06
baby - baby
i would say the environment that we grow up in. I am who i am today cos of the teachings from my parents. development of a child is greatly affected by the parents, for example if the parents always quarrel in front of each other, the child may think that it's normal to be quarelling as well, and it will affect them even when they reach adulthood.:)
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@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
9 Nov 06
What if some people are better at dealing with these things? Could this be something they were born with, and something they didn't just learn from environment? I'm playing devil's advocate here lol. I think it's a little of both, but more so of environment. But it probably varies with people.
@moneymind (10521)
• Philippines
9 Nov 06
i say its the community that we grow up with. greetings. : )
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@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Hi! ^^ I do agree that plays a huge part. But is it entirely community? (;
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I definately agree. My husband is adopted, but you would never know it to see him and his father together. He has learned everything, and become the man he is, by learning from his adopted father, and his adopted mother (who passed away) and stepmother.
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@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I think that's about right for most cases. Though I wonder if he has some aspects of his personality that he got from his real parents. Maybe he has a short temper, or is really sensitive. Things like that, you know? The things that you can't always learn, that are just a part of who you are.
@ZowieR (942)
• Canada
9 Nov 06
I htink its how we grow up and the people around us the mold who we are and what we think, there are some slight things in behavior you can notice from one fmily to the next. but I just think of all the times I come across people that really do change my life
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@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Personally I agree with you. Although of course genes are important to an extent. And even that's debatable. There was some case study of two identical twins seperated at birth. One grew up in America, the other somewhere in Africa or South America (I don't remember). When they were in their teens, not only were there personality and skin color differences, but their bodies were completely different (one was taller, the other was chubbier). But a lot of people are still debating how much is determined by what.
9 Nov 06
This is such a good post and I'm going to rate it well! I'm always debating this to myself and can never come up with an answer. Being someone who takes after both my father and mother for different traites, it would seem that it would be nurture, but I also have unique views compared with the rest of my family and different interests and beliefs so I could equally say that it was my environment which, again, is different to the rest of my family's.
@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Oh! Thank you for the rating lol. I'm glad I got someone's interest. I love psychology questions like these. In my case, I am a really uncertain person. As in, whoever I'm with, that's who I act like. So I'm always changing based on my environment, and I've met a lot of people over the years and lived in places that have changed who I am. On the other hand, there are some personality traits that I have that I inherited from my dad, who my mom and I left when I was 3 (I'm moody, sensitive, disorganized, but sympathetic). So I don't know either!
@premium (566)
• India
9 Nov 06
nature