Nature vs nurture

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Juvenile delinquency can be defined as a “criminal act preformed by juveniles’”. I see juvenile delinquency as anything from unlawful behavior to bullying. However do people blame the delinquency of children it on nature or nurture? John Locke was a philosopher that blamed juvenile delinquency on the nurture of children. He believed that you acquire your personality and the way you act based solely on experiences you have, in other words the way you were nurtured as a child. He even published an essay in 1690 titled An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. This essay revealed his ideas about how people become the person they are. Another noted psychologist, John Watson, made this quote, "Give me a dozen healthy infants & my own specific world to bring them up in, & I'll guarantee to take any one at random & train him to become any type of specialist I might select - doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant, chef & yes, even beggar & thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors." This is further evidence in favor of nurture. The other viewpoint is the nature side. Many psychologists believed in this. One study that was done that provided much evidence in the nature favor was conducted by Thomas Bouchard in 1979. The experiment tested the subjects, which were separated identical twins, adopted siblings, and biological siblings, personalities and IQs. The results proved that you do gain a considerable amount of your IQ and personality genetically. Charles Darwin also made this quote, “These faculties are variable; and we have every reason to believe that the variations tend to be inherited. Therefore, if they were formerly of high importance to primeval man and to his ape-like progenitors, they would have been perfected or advanced through natural selection”. This is saying that over time we increase our
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