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    In contrast, supporters of nurture consider the opposite view that the environment determines how one learns to speak. Eric H. Lenneberg’s Foundations of Language Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach argues that nurture influences a child’s language proficiency by proposing the Critical Period Theory. According to Lenneberg, “In humans, vocal learning seems to occur most readily within the age span defined as the critical period, in which hormonal, experiential, and age factors” (96) come into play. The Critical Period Theory states that there is a critical phase, between the ages of two to thirteen, that a child possesses the ability to learn his or her first language. However, if a child was not presented the opportunity to learn before the “critical period” is over, the child will never be able to master the spoken or written communication. A fascinating example is seen in Edith Bavin’s “First Language Acquisition” where she discusses the case of the “feral and isolated children” (477). Genie, who suffered child abuse and negligence, was locked up in a room by her parents for eleven years before she was rescued. When she was discovered at the age of thirteen, she had the mind of a child and could not talk at all. Since Genie was deprived of human interaction before she reaches puberty, she was not able to acquire any language. Also, the idea that children develop a language by emulating their peers is briefly mentioned in “Hereditary Factors in Language Acquisition”…

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    The debate of nature versus nurture has been ongoing for quite some time. Which one influences us more? Is it nature? This provides our genotype, or our genetic code. Or is it nurture? This is our environmental influences in the origins of behavior and mental processes (Rathus 56). Both of these contribute to who we are, but which one impacts us the most? This is what psychologists have been trying to determine for years. Sure, nature plays the role of determining what we look like physically,…

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    Nature ,the ability to learn from hereditary. Nurture, the ability to learn from the environment. These two ways of Learning have been in debate for hundreds of years. The question is, are we products of nature or nurture. Do we as humans learn from being taught or do we learn from what we inherited ? This question can be answered in many ways starting with how this argument began. In the article "The nature versus nurture debate or controversy" , it spoke of a French philosopher named…

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    There have been countless cases of domestic abuse in the U.S., but what most people treat as a joke, or pay no attention to at all, is when the victim turns out to be male. When looking up domestic abuse statistics or anything of the like, the results usually come up as ‘this percent of women are abused every year’ or ‘this number out of these many women are victims of domestic abuse’. Yet, there are few sources that point to men being victims of domestic abuse rather than as the abusers.…

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    Some people do not really even understand what child abuse is when they do it. Well, child abuse is when a parent punishes their child to a whole different level. There is more than one type of abuse. There is actually a lot of different types of abuse, but the three that I am going to talk about are emotional, physical and mental. Emotional abuse is ongoing psychological damage. This type includes things like public humiliation, name-calling, threatening, emotional neglect, and criticizing.…

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    Traumatic events are terrible things; many people who go through such harrowing times can find themselves forever altered from the experience. The impact of things such as car crashes, war, abuse and many other moments of intense trauma can cause people to unwind at the seams as their minds attempt to cope. One type of unraveling that can happen to these people is commonly referred to now as PTSD. Before known as ‘Soldier’s Heart’ during the civil war, then during World War one began to be…

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    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem and affects many different facets of people. Some may think that PTSD only affects those from the military, those in law enforcement, or those in some type of career where crisis’ are dealt with all of the time. This is an untrue and unfair assumption. The fact is, PTSD may have affected us all, but trauma affects everyone in a different way and we deal with things differently. PTSD is brought on usually after a traumatic event, and we…

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    An abuser is a person who sexually assaults, makes painful torture by hand or violence, or a person who regularly and habitually abuses other persons or someone in relation, especially life partners in practical. The abuser may be a particular person that takes drugs and alcohol in excessive amounts called intravenous drug abusers. Sometimes people use coercive and abusive patterns to behave with their partners thinking that in this way they can develop a dominating position, strong control and…

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    The Vietnam War was a complete failure that caused the many deaths of young adults. Young men ages 18 and older were being drafted to go to the war; they had no option, which increased anxiety, stress. Many didn’t know how to cope with this; they just got out of high school, they didn’t know what to do in a harsh situation such as this. That’s why many veterans had PTSD forty years after the war. Fifty-eight thousand Americans were killed in the Vietnam War, but twice as much died after the war…

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    I was exposed to domestic violence early in life. I grow up where disrespect was normal. Emotional and verbal abuse were tolerated. By the time I was an adult emotional abuse in the form of criticism, being negative, name-calling, yelling, and punishment had made me numb. As a result, my self-esteem was nonexistent and joy was a distant memory. As a toddler I mimicked what I observed, I was disrespectful and used profanity. When I was in preschool, my dad threaten me for being disrespectful to…

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