She says.... We are who we are due to genetics. It doesn't matter who raises us or how they raised us.
Boyfriend says parenting plays a huge role in who we are.
My mom says 95% of it is genetics. Boyfriend says more around 60%.
Your opinions? Facts? Links?
by Anonymous - Original PosterApril 7 at 3:14 AMBump :)
Your mom is wrong, IMO. Nature vs nurture has been a huge debate for a long time and will continue to be a huge debate. Most psychologists agree that development is half environment (nurture) and half genetics (nature) but some theorists lean a little more to one side than the other. Piaget felt that children make the journey through childhood mostly alone with occasional influence from people and culture. Piaget's cognitive developmental theory reflected his opinion as it did not take socioeconomic interference into consideration. Vygotsky felt development is an apprenticeship in which children advance when they collaborate with a more skilled individual. Erikson felt it was more of a 50/50 situation with some flexibility. Character traits can be genetic but a child's environment is influential.
There are situations that can emphasize one or the other. For example: Two drug addicts have a baby and place him for adoption. The baby grows up and while he may be slightly more inclined to do drugs or be an addict, he does not partake in drugs because he was raised in an environment with positive influences and a lack of drugs. If he was raised by his drug addicted parents, the likelihood that he would do drugs would be higher. This is kind of a lame example but it is really late...
I was adopted as an infant. My birth family had zero influence over me. My morals, religious and political beliefs, and how I treat other people all come from the parents that raised me (adoptive). That being said, my favorite color and movie are the same as my birth mother's favorites. I walk and stand the same way my birthmother does. I am not physically affectionate and neither is she.
My DD is not my biological daughter but I'm the only maternal figure she has ever had. However, her behavior and personality is identical (and just as unstable) to her birth mother's.
I can give you text book and medical/psychological journal references but I don't know any website references for this topic but I am sure there are several out there.
by AnonymousApril 7 at 4:31 AMIt is 50/50
by AnonymousApril 7 at 4:33 AM
depends on what aspects you are talking about. kids that grew up in abusive homes are 10x more likely to be abusive. thats a nuture problem.
In actuallity it's both.
This link on Nature which takes a different view point.
Then you have the Nurture take on things.
The way I tend to look at things is from both views. If there was no light than how would you learn to discribe the fact that dark is what it is.
Also in the argument the socio psychological variables tend to be ignored.
Everything is just a part of the whole picture, looking at things one sided leaves for a very narrow view of things that do not premit actual growth.
I don't have any research to back up my opinion. Only what I've observed in my kids and friends and.family...
I say it's more like 75 to 80% genetics, 25-30% environment. Unless there is massive abuse or trauma and then I believe a person can be.fundamentally influenced by environment.
I have 2 bachelor degrees, one in Human Development and another in Biology. My personal guess is about 30% is due to genetics, the rest is nurture. What you eat, what you breathe, experiences you live, etc all affect you. More importantly things you eat and your environment can alter your own DNA, make your own body malfunction, etc.