Nature Vs Nurture Essay

1131 WordsDec 14, 20095 Pages
Nature vs. Nurture Psychologists have often questioned whether personality traits are inherited, and therefore a result of genetics, or if they are caused by the environment, and are therefore made. This has come to be known as the nature versus nurture controversy. Many psychologists throughout history have asked this question, and most agree the answer is both. Nature versus nurture has been an on going argument for over a century and will carry on further. Scientists have been unable to conclude this question of which carries most responsibility for behavior. The argument of nature versus nurture is examined through the role of genetics in one’s personality. Then the role of environment in a one’s personality. Finally showing how both nature and nurture coincide to influence behavior in children, that the genetic makeup shapes one’s personality, thus determining how their environment is perceived. Though one’s personality is not determined strictly by genetics, there is more evidence to support the idea that personality is inherited than there is to support the idea personality is made based on the environment and based on one’s experience. Many experiments and studies have been done to determine where one’s personality stems from, yet, few studies have been as effective as those studies based on twins, and adopted children. Both types of studies are extremely successful in determining where one’s personality comes from. In a twins study, the genes are regulated while in an adoption study the environment is regulated. Thus, question comes of introverted and extroverted personalities. (Plomin,1993) One who is introverted is often thought to be someone that keeps to himself and rarely chooses to socialize in large groups. He is thought to be a longer and in many cases to lack the social skills necessary to enjoy himself in situations that

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