Nature, Nurture, and Human Behavior; an Endless Debate
Eman Ahmed Zaky*
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Egypt
- *Corresponding Author:
- Professor Eman Ahmed Zaky
Department of Pediatrics
Faculty of Medicine
Ain Shams University, Egypt
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: October 23, 2015; Accepted Date: October 26, 2015; Published Date: October 30, 2015
Citation: Zaky EA (2015) Nature, Nurture, and Human Behavior; an Endless Debate. J Child Adolesc Behav 3:e107. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000e107
Copyright: © 2015 Zaky EA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This editorial aims at addressing the endless debate concerned with the extent to which particular aspects of behavior are a product of either nature ( inherited i.e. genetic), nurture (acquired i.e. learned), or their interaction. In spite of the philosophical conflict between nativists who adopt an extreme hereditary position i.e. attributing everything to biological factors (nature) and environmentalists who believe that the way we are brought up (nurture) totally governs the psychological aspects of our childhood development through learning, it is hardly today to accept either of these extreme positions. There are simply too many “facts” on both sides of the argument which are inconsistent with an “all or none” view. So instead of asking whether the child development is down to nature or nurture, the question has been reformulated to “How much?” i.e., considering the fact that both heredity and environment influence the person we become, which is the more important? This is really the individualized question that needs to be answered. Lastly but by no means least, sorting out what is the cause and what is the effect is no mere academic matter. If we are really trying to help people’s lives, it is essential to get it right.