A person's attitudes and behaviors, as well as propensity for certain health conditions, are often part of the nature versus nurture debate. The roles of a person's chemical makeup and their environmental influences in forming attitudes and behaviors are debated under this argument.Continue Reading
Other debates center on the roles of genetics and personal habits in health risks such as obesity and high blood pressure. Nature advocates argue that genetics have a high impact on obesity and high blood pressure. Nurture proponents point to the poor eating habits that cause obesity and the limited coping skills that contribute to high blood pressure.
One of the most hot-button nature versus nurture debates as of 2014 relates to homosexuality. Nature proponents believe that homosexuality is genetic or outside of a person's control. Nurture proponents believe that homosexuality is a choice or a behavior influenced by environmental factors. This heated debate has social and political implications.
A person's ability to perform in a certain occupation also leads to a nature versus nurture debate. If a child follows in a parent's footsteps in a given career, someone might suggest a natural inclination toward the craft. Others might point to the nurturing that took place in the home as the child was raised.Learn more about Psychology
The debate in psychology over stability versus change centers on the permanence of initial personality traits. Some developmental psychologists argue that personality traits seen in infancy persist through a person's entire life, while others disagree.Full Answer >
Examples of psychological constructs are abilities, attitudes, personality traits and emotional states. A psychological construct can refer to a person's self-esteem, athletic ability or political and religious views. Psychological constructs refer to the traits and qualities of a person that cannot be concretely identified by observation.Full Answer >
Examples of being self-reliant include a person's ability to grow his own food, cook his own meals, learn how to manage money, master emergency health basics, assume his own decisions and have a sense of direction. As a rule of thumb, being self-reliant refers to the capacity of an individual to rely on his or her capabilities.Full Answer >
Although the debate continues regarding which has the greater effect on human behavior, it is generally accepted that the contributing factors of both nature (innate traits) and nurture (acquired traits) account for the wide variety of personalities, career paths and emotional characteristics among individuals in a society. The mid-20th century saw a shift away from the role played by genetics, or the "nature" factor, in personality development as researchers began to lean more towards the role played by an individual's interaction with their environment, or the "nurture" factor. By the latter part of the 20th century, the more influential focus was no longer centered around behavior developing independently of environment and viewed instead as an interactive process involving inherited traits, upbringing, peer experiences, random environmental events, media and socioeconomic status.Full Answer >