Nature versus Nurture

Seems like forever, since the scientists have started to explore the reasons why some people are born with a good temper, and some of them are aggressive and prone to violent behavior. Some researchers claim that it depends on our biology, and others disagree with them telling that the environment plays a vital role in the shaping our personality. The opponents of the theory that the biology influences our behavior claim that biological components are able only to determine our physical characteristics such as eye color, height, hair color, body type, and general looks. But, actually, this statement is true only to some extent. We all are born with approximately one hundred billion nerve cells. There is no connection between them until we are three years old. And within this time, the emotional, social and cultural factors determine this connection.

There are even stories about the children, who were raised by the animals. They are called feral children. Their parents abandoned them, and the four-legged friends took up the responsibility of nurturing them. It led to dire consequences. Their teeth were sharpened; they were craving for blood, earth-eating, chicken-hunting. The love of darkness, ability to climb the trees like a wild animal and friendship with dogs, monkeys, leopards, birds make us stand frozen with shock (Keith, 2008).

Such sad experiences can show that the upbringing plays a critical part in the shaping of our identity, especially in the early years of our life. Of course, if the adult person will get into such environment, he or she will not start walking on all fours and be afraid of people like those poor children.

Recently, the criminologists have also become interested in taking a closer look at this question. They are doing their best to find a “criminal gene” in those, who has already committed the crime. They want to discover what exactly puts them up to a crime. The different studies and experiments have already been held. One of such studies has shown that that identical twins raised separately are more likely to both become criminals than non-twin siblings raised separately (Boyd, 2014).

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