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How do nature and nurture interact to shape a persons life?  

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spikysplash | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:53 AM via web

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How do nature and nurture interact to shape a persons life?

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM (Answer #1)

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I do not think that it is possible to disagree with the idea that both "nature" and "nurture" shape a person's life.

Let us look at something like a person's weight.  Clearly, some people are more predisposed than others to be heavy.  This is a way in which nature shapes the person's life.  However, the person's upbringing (the "nurture" aspect) clearly has an impact in this area.  A person who grows up in a family that goes out for unhealthy, fast food meals all the time will surely be more likely to become heavy than a person who lives in a family that eats in a healthy way.  The person may still be heavy in the healthy family, but their "nurture" will have an impact on how much their natural tendency to heaviness is actually manifested.

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