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Nature vs Nurture There has always been a large controversy over whether inherited genes or the environment influences and effects our personality development behavior intelligence and ability This controversy is most often recognized as the nature verses nurture conflict Some people believe that it is strictly genes that effect our ways of life others believe that it is the environment that effects us and some believe that both of these influence our behavior Either way social scientists have been struggling for centuries deciding whether our personalities are born or made Tests are done often on identical twins that were separated to see how they are each influenced by their separate environments Researchers are finding that the balance between genetic and environmental influences for certain traits change as people get older Also people may react to us in a certain way because of a genetically influenced personality and we may choose certain experiences because they fit best with our instinctive preferences A research was done to see whether a trait would show up in a child if it was environmentally influenced or genetically influenced A child was given more negative attention than another was and it increased the chances of the child having depressive symptoms and anti-social behavior But these symptoms disappeared when accounted for genetic influences and how parents treat their children If a musical ability was genetic and a child was passed a musical ability trait than the child would most likely have musically inclined parents Their parents then would provide them with the genes and environment to promote the development of that ability This doesnt mean that there are no environmental influences on behavior because for example it is found to be that a loss of a parent during childhood promotes alcoholism in women In conclusion it is safe to say that the role of genetics and the environment equalize peoples traits and behavior You cannot blame either one because without one the
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