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The controversy over what determines who we are whether it is Nature heredity our biological make up or Nurture our environment is taking a new shape Through the past decades psychologists have developed different theories to explain the characteristics of human-beings how we feel think and behave Usually these theories were one directional in the nature nurture question Today a new approach to deal with this question is emerging This new approach finds a middle ground between nature and nurture The conclusion that nature and nurture are complementary and work hand and hand to shape a behaviour a purposeful and meaningful activity is not a compromise it is a result of a vigorous study of each of the components of the equation of heredity and environment and their affects on determining ones development and behaviour In fact the more we understand about development and behaviour the more obvious it becomes that nature and nurture are similarly influences rather than determinants not only singly but also in combination Here below I will endeavour to expose the leading theories dealing with the question of nature vs nurture I will also try to present the third new-emerging approach meant to solve the mystery of What is it that makes us who we areOur genes made us We animals exist for their preservation and are nothing more than their throwaway survival machines This is what Richard Darwin states in his book The Selfish Gene 1989 In his international best seller book he argues that we are merely a product of our genes and our main purpose in life is to serve the genes become distribution agents and ensure their proliferation Before we take any stand to Darwins statement let us familiarise ourselves with what is meant when the term nature is used Nature represents what we are born with and cannot control Our biological make up is determined by the genes we receive from our parentsreside in
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