WHAT ARE NATURE-NURTURE AND MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST / COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Within psychology, the nature-nurture debate is ongoing. The debate
centres around the issue of whether our psychological attributes are part of
our biological/genetic make-up, or whether they are formed by a person’s
interaction with the environment.

The two main concepts here are:

1)-Biological determination is the ‘Nature’ influence. Psychological attributes such as intelligence, addictiveness and depression may be caused by genetic influences (such as a gene passed on by one parent, or the human genetic makeup) or by biological factors (such as a hormonal imbalance, developmental stages, nervous system damage etc.). Hereditary refers to behaviours or characteristics which have been transmitted from parents to offspring. The units of hereditary are genes, which determine the course of development in the growing human embryo.

Definitions:

Gene – A unit composed of DNA forming part of a chromosome, by which inherited characteristics are transmitted from parents to offspring.

Socialization – The shaping…

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