The Effects Of Psychological Development On Adolescent Humans

1312 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
It is ironic that one of the most heavily debated topics in the psychology world is one that that is not of the mind. Both nurture and nature are external affects. They both indirectly effect psychological development, but they are still nevertheless external variables in the scheme of things. This said, the debate on the matter continues. Which has a heavier hand on the outcome of psychological development in adolescent humans? Are all humans hard-wired to have the physiological traits of our parents? Are we destined to make all the same decisions as they did; or do we live independent of our parent’s physiological genes (assuming they exist) and create our own destiny through personal experiences? Humans are inclined to like certain things, and dislike certain things. It is a matter of preference that is derived from an experience however direct or indirect to the subject of interest. This cannot be argued. A young man may enjoy a cup of coffee while his father is repulsed by the idea. “Behaviorism emphases the role of environmental factors by influencing behavior, to the nearest exclusion of innate or inherited factors. This amounts essentially to a focus of learning. We learn new behaviors through classical or operant conditioning (collectively known as learning theory). Therefore, when born our mind is a ‘tabula rasa’ (a blank slate)” (McLeod).
As explained above, the philosophy of behaviorism is one that lies on the side of the nurture argument in this…

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