Nature v/s Nurture: What Shapes our Personality?

The topic "Nature v/s Nurture: What Shapes our Personality?" has been a controversial and a debatable topic since four hundred ye...

The topic "Nature v/s Nurture: What Shapes our Personality?" has been a controversial and a debatable topic since four hundred years ago when Shakespeare, in “The Tempest” mentioned about these two aspects of our lives. Between the tussle amongst Nurture and Nature, nurture plays the more important role in shaping our personalities. I will be sharing my view for the nurture side, as I am a firm believer of this fact myself.

Shakespeare first introduced to us the Nature v/s Nurture debate four hundred years ago, in his literary play known as "The Tempest". 

What actually is nurture? Nurture in the sense of this debate is the ideology that the environment in which a child grows up determines his personality, and not by inherited genes or characteristics, i.e. nature. According to a popular theory backed by psychologists, every one of us is born with a blank slate or “Tabula Rasa”. It means that who we are is determined by what we learn and observe.

A very good example to which I suppose all students can relate is the tendency of aggression. It was found out in a study that students who play violent video games sport a more combative attitude than the ones who don’t. This supports the nurture side because it is an outside force that is determining the end result.

Biological traits only enable people to learn and adapt to their surroundings. Personality is not inherited from birth parents and this fact is scientifically confirmed by the University of Exeter.

Are genes really that important to us? Think again. 

Proper nurturing is important in building a person because despite a person’s genetic coding, the parents and the adults that a child is subjected to will play a greater role in the child’s development. Even if a person had genius parents, environment and early stages of development is crucial for the later stages of the person’s life.

Thus we can conclude that nurture wins the debate in all aspects- and evidently put an end by declaring “Nurture” as the winner. 

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