Nature vs Nurture

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Nature vs. Nurture
M. B.
Liberty University
Psychology 101

Nature vs. Nurture There has been extensive debate between scholars in the field of psychology surrounding the Nature vs. Nurture issue. Both nature and nurture determine who we are and neither is solely independent of the other. “As the area of a rectangle is determined by its length and its width, so do biology and experience together create us.”(Myers, 2008, p. 8) Carl Gustav Jung, and leading thinker and creator of analytical psychology, believes: “Human behavior is influenced both by individual experience and also by an innate “collective unconscious” that vests all of us with certain proclivities and tendencies.”(Hayes, 2000, p. 7) From my personal life experience
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reasoning, innate vs. learned, biological vs. cultural. What effect the environment will have on an organism depends critically on the details of its evolved cognitive architecture” (Hayes, 2000, p. 7). When considering the discussion surrounding Nature vs. Nurture, I thought about my personal experiences along with my learned information on the debate. These two factors have led me to the conclusion that arguing whether one is more influential than the other is a misleading notion. Nature vs. Nurture should be accepted as nature and nurture, and no longer debated. By now, we should have a word that means the combination of both. A single word that defines who we are based on our genetics and environmental stimuli. It is not how biology and culture contrast but rather how they interact and how our individual personalities interact with our situations. (Myers, 2008, p. 182)

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