Nurture v.s. Nature

2 years, 4 months ago

What makes us who we are? Is it a predestined personality? We are who we are because of God (If you believe in god)? Or are we shaped from birth from everything around us and all our experiences? Is everything we interact with based on things we’ve already interacted with I want to hear everyone’s opinion and no answer is wrong.

December 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

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Profile photo of Stoney Baloney Stoney Baloney (@adamm0ss) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I think we spend our entire life trying to find the answer to this question.. I am starting to think there is no answer and all we are is a collection of experiences.

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Pretty much this ^

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

But the way I would break it down is that when we are born, we take on a couple or few traits from our parents. I think of it as an “outline” of who/how we are personality-wise. Like, if you’re born an introvert, you’re an introvert for life.. but there’s a lot of variations of introverts based on Nurture. That’s why you find people who were just lovely bundles of joy as a young kid and are raised in a bad environment, they will become colder to the world and no longer that fountain of joy.

I think that if we were born, and then able to survive on our own without much or any guidance, we would have a chance to take in the world from our own point of view and build our personality off what we see around us. But would we be much different than if we were raised by parents to teach us their version of life? I guess that brings us back to the original question… I’ve thought about it a lot though but like the other guy said, there’s really no answer we can call sound. Great topic! I love talking about psych :)

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Profile photo of CaptDugan CaptDugan (@captdugan) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

One of my old psych professors always told me something that stuck with me.

“Nature loads the gun, nurture pulls the trigger”

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@captdugan, brilliant, to say the least

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

It’s outdated to think it’s one or the other.

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Profile photo of littlenicky littlenicky (@littlenicky) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Its very rarely one or the other. What we inherit from our parents is more like a blueprint of behaviour and attitudes and what we learn from them,and the people around us, is everything that makes you you. I think people are predisposed to have a certain personality and will have that personality unless their environment intervenes and changes it.

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