~Nature? or Nurture?~

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Registered: 04-01-2006
~Nature? or Nurture?~
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 3:05pm

Which do you think has affected your personality more?

  1. Nature

  2. Nurture

Any particular reason for your response?


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-01-2006
Sat, 06-27-2009 - 9:59am

In favor of Nurture:

"Give me a dozen healthy infants & my own specific world to bring
them up in, & I'll guarantee to take any one at random & train him to
become any type of specialist I might select - doctor, lawyer, artist,
merchant, chef & yes, even beggar & thief, regardless of his talents,
penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors."
- John B. Watson, 1924

This was a famous quote in the heyday of behaviorism, when the child was considered to be a 'tabula rasa' (blank slate) onto which anything could be sculpted through environmental experience. This would be a 100% environmental view, but virtually no psychologists would accept such an extreme position today. wilderdom.com



iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2009
Mon, 06-29-2009 - 9:08am

My mother was a really firm believer in Nature.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-12-2006
Mon, 06-29-2009 - 3:33pm

i don't know. i think you can be born with a certain set of personality traits, but somewhere along the way you encounter different situations that can also shape your personality. i was a carefree little kid; you'd never know it now because the working world has turned me into such an anxious adult. i am, by nature, bad with money, so i've had to learn to be disciplined or my paycheck would be gone by the end of payday.

i wonder, though, if one's strongest traits are immune to life experiences. i have always been and will always be stubborn and creative. nothing will take that away from me. maybe there are fixed traits and mutable traits.