Originally posted by shilpa
Here's my opinion on the same topic,any comments will be of immense help.
Every person is a complex individual, since populace is formed by such
diverse, heterogeneous group it is impossible to generalize on what
determines their attitude. Personality of an individual is shaped by both
nature and nurture. Greater influence of innate characteristics over the
upbringing or vice versa has been topic of contention between
psychiatrists, philosophers and biologists involved in study of human
genome, without reaching definite conclusion.
Various studies have been carried out on characteristics of identical
(mono-zygotic) twins , often arriving at contradictory conclusions. Dr
Robert Winston conducted a study to highlighting
importance of nature in moldings personalities .In his documentary identical twins brought up
in disparate environment followed similar courses. one interesting
example was of pair of twins who shared love for reading, one twin was
raised in affluent neighborhood and had access to personal library, his
identical twin who was raised by impoverished parents spent hours in
public library. Another study conducted by Northwestern University on
identical twins arrived at conclusion that environmental factors
contribute to who we are as individuals, this research concluded that
attitudes are shaped by different environmental factors including
nourishment the embryo received in the womb, values imparted by
parents, education and social circle.
People with the same kind upbringing brought up in similar neighborhood
need not necessarily have same attitude or outlook towards life . Innate
characteristics and abilities do play a role in determining a person's
attitude. Genetic make up of an individual influences the behavioral
pattern. A person with inherently high intelligence quotient might
develop a sense of confidence, while a person of low intelligence might
have low self esteem which he might try to compensate by becoming
overtly assertive and domineering. A Person might not react in identical
manner to the situation if it is faced by it at two different stages of
life. Person's attitude or character is in continual stage of evolution
based on the past experience and how he or she is able to deal with it.
Genes impart certain potential and characteristics, manifestation of
which is determined by upbringing and social environment. Hence both
nature and nurture have strong influence of individual psyche.