Nature-Nurture: The Effects Of Genetic Influence On Human Development

Nature is the genetic inheritance and biological influences, while nurture is the external factors, such as environment and life experiences. The nature-nurture debate concerned with the extent to which aspects of behavior are a product human, whether nature (i.e. genetic influence) or nurture (i.e., acquired learning or environmental factors). The debate allows psychologists to study various aspects of human development which include intelligence, personality, and mental illness. However, different field of psychology often takes one side of the approach. For example, biological psychology tends to flavor the nature factors since they are studying about genetics and the on influences. On the other hands, behaviorism would prefer
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John Locke popularized the concept of the human mind as a “blank slate” at birth; individual will eventually attain knowledge as they learn and encountered many experiences in life; this falls under nature category (i.e. behaviorism). While John Locke believes in the nurture concept, Kant took the other side of the debate. Kant suggested that before human mind could make any sense of its experiences, it required the presence of an innate structure of the mind that enabled it to perceive the world and give them meanings. Kant’s idea demonstrates the nature influence on human development.
Another example is Theorists like Watson, who believe that people are capable of doing and becoming anything, regardless of their genetics background (Zaky, 2015). Watson thinks that genes are not human’s limitation. After many years of studies, the best way to approach this debate is to accept that both heredity and the environment interact. Despite the facts that nature and nurture play a different role in human’s life, they both are almost equally important. The study of the twin cases demonstrates how nature and nurture influenced human life and their psychological
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The Bible suggested that we are not bound only to our biological heredity, but also spiritual inheritance; cursing or blessing. In the Old Testament, Exodus 20:4-6 illustrates God is warning his people about sinning against him. In verse 5, God says that he will punish those that sin against him and also their families for thousands of generations. However, God then added in verse 6 that He will bless those (and their families) if they love and obey his commands. This means that when we are born, we do not just inherit genes from our parents, but also a sinful nature (and blessing) that passed down to us for generations; we are all

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