The Characteristics Of Good Or Evil: Good And Evil

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“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger” (Mehmet). The topic of good and evil is discussed in many pieces of literature and films. There tends to be a distinct hero and villain, the hero is portrayed as having all of the traits that people perceive as good and brave while the villains get all of the traits that are looked down upon. Psychologists have been researching if it is really as simple as one person is an all around bad or good person. They have discovered that personality is determined by two things: genes and environment, also known as nature and nurture. Nature refers to all of the genes and hereditary factors that influence who we are, from our physical appearance to our personality characteristics. Nurture …show more content…
These characteristics can lead a person to commit crimes and engage in aggressive behavior. Although a person 's environment does not have an immediate effect on traits, it can act as a trigger “ which can either mute or aggravate violent impulses” (Cohen). If a person has a “violent” gene and then gets put into an upsetting situation, they are likely to resort to aggressive behavior instead of trying to peacefully work through it. When studying boys who had participated in threatening behavior in the past “genes explained 80 percent of their violence” (Cohen). This shows how genes are the dominant source of how we react to certain situations. Another piece of evidence to support the claim is by studying the behaviors of children versus the behavior of the same child when they become adults. “The less self-control a child displayed at 3 years of age, the more likely he or she was to commit a crime more than 30 years later” (Cohen). This is also another indicator of how environment and personal experiences do little to change your underlying disposition. When a small child shows signs of a lack of self control, when they become older they will still lack self control which encourages them to resort to combative actions in situations that most people are able to work through calmly. When examining crimes in relation to twins “there was a higher concordance rate for the MZ (identical) pairs” (Jones). Alike to personality, even in identical twins brought up in different settings their correlation in crime rates and crime activity was high. Their genetics were the reason they were compelled to commit acts of criminality. Comparing criminal acts of people to their parents also produced a relatively high correlation. “Children whose biological fathers had been convicted of property crimes were more likely to engage in similar behavior” (Jones).

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