(Closed) Do you believe in nature or nurture?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Nature or Nurture- what do you think plays the more significant role??
    Nature : (8 votes)
    7 %
    Nurture : (27 votes)
    24 %
    Mixture of both : (79 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 3
    13249 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    As a criminologist, and someone who has spent a lot of time reading current research on this debate as it pertains to criminality, I don’t think you can say either side really has a monopoly.  Most research indicates that both nature and nurture play significant roles in the developement of a character, ethics, morals, etc – neither exclude each other.

    Post # 4
    485 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I believe it is a mix of both.  I didn’t vote because that wasn’t an option, and I honestly don’t believe one is more important than the other.  There are some things that just CAN’T be overcome.  And there are others that CAN be overcome with the right set of circumstances.  It’s not an either or.

    Post # 5
    2226 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I think it’s a little of column A & a bit of column B. Babies definitely have personalities in the womb; some people just start off more agressive/passive, outgoing/shy, active/easygoing but nurturing goes a long way.

    Post # 6
    2355 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    You need to add a poll option for both!

    My Fiance is adopted, and while there are definitely aspects of his personality that I believe can be attributed to his parents, there are *definitely* things about him that we think he gets from his biological family, whom he has never met. He says sometimes he feels like his adoptive parents don’t always understand him, and that he thinks his biological parents might ‘get’ things about his personality that his adoptive ones sometimes don’t.

    Post # 7
    5371 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

    @3xaCharm:  +1

    I would vote both if that was an option (:

    Post # 8
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Both, definitely. I suppose I lean towards nurture being a bit stronger than nature though.

    Post # 9
    4934 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The interaction between both and the compound effects thereof. 

    Post # 10
    4656 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    What I learned in school was that nature gives you the tendency or higher likelihood of developing a mental illness (or a talent, for that matter) and that nurutre or environment is what puts you over the line. Either one is highly unlikely to do it alone. 

    Post # 11
    11418 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I think both certainly have an effect; however, I would weight nurture as being much more important than nature.

    Some of you may have seen this clip (link below) before, but I think it’s worth posting here in relation to this discussion.  This clip explains more about how I personally feel about this issue than anything else I might be able to say.


    Post # 12
    4035 posts
    Honey bee

    @MissMfutureMrsB:  You should add “both” as an option. I was a nueropsychology major and believe that we and all things are an intricate combination of the genes we are born with and environment we are raised and exist in.

    Post # 13
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I believe in the bio-psycho-social approach to understanding.

    I’m sometimes challenged to see things from more than a nature or nurture standpoint.  I recently read an article about possible environmental factors that can lead to the development of schitzophrenia.  Whether I subscribe to the findings it was a good eye opener that there are some things I easily take the nature route and don’t consider that there may be other factors.

    I think understanding through a holistic approach lends itself to a more hopeful outlook toward one another IMO.

    Post # 14
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Um, impossible for it not to be both.

    Post # 16
    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Epigenetics research suggests a complicated combination of both genetic predisposition and environmental elements. I personally agree with the interaction of both forms aspects of a person, especially those such as personality or psychological state.

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