Sources of Personality Development

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Why are you the way that you are? Are we the sum of all our experiences and actions and thus not fully ourselves until our final hours? Are we predetermined to feel the way we do and act the way we act due to inherited qualities of our ancestors? Are you the one in thirty people have the capacity for psychopathy; would you even know if you were? The debate over whether nature or nurture defines who we are affects many aspects of life, including the treatment of serial killers and psychopaths, and recognition of emotional and mental disorders, the acceptance of homosexuality, and even media regulation. The nature theory states that only a person’s genes develop their personality, while the nurture theory states that personality is developed only because of the impact of society (human). This debate has been a controversial issue since the beginning of sociology, the study of society and its impact on the humans that live in it (Stolley), and it will remain controversial due to the inability of humans to comprehend all of the intricacies of human nature and the origin of life. Some believe that without authoritative laws and regulations, people are either inherently altruistic or spiteful because of human nature and evolution, while others believe people are only products of their environment and society and that taught societal mores can either corrupt or create productive members of said society. If the belief that people are inherently savage and evil is correct, then it must also be true that a person’s genes are the sole component in their personalities. An example of this theory is evidence supporting the idea that serial killers are inherently evil, according to scientific studies. In a study by Dr. Richard Davidson, people with violent tendencies showed to have different brain activity than people with normal tendencies. The subjects in the study had been convicted of murder and aggressive or antisocial disorders, and showed significantly different...
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