When it comes to the debate of Nature vs. Nurture I consider myself to be the middle man. I feel that our behavior, physical development and our identity is not only the result of our genealogical makeup but our interactions, and decisions that we encounter on a daily basis as well as our family structure. First I would like to give a brief summary of the two topics.
The nature side of the debate expresses that our decisions and end results are stemmed from only our genealogical make up such as, hair color and even diseases. Nurture on the other hand is the actualization that our actions and decisions are brought upon us not by our DNA makeup but actually from the environment around us, including our culture and upbringing. Although many people usually pick a side to be on I feel as if our end result is brought upon us by both our DNA makeup and the way our surroundings affect us on a daily basis (2014, retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/nindex/g/nature-nurture.htm).
The first topic I would like discuss is when adolescents start to form their identities. Although this may seem as if DNA plays the biggest part in forming your identity you should think again. Many teenagers form their own identities by putting themselves into different situations and figuring out which path will have the greatest outcome (Myers, 2014, p. 144). Although we cannot rule out DNA when we try to form our identities most people will argue that many teens do not just automatically know who they want to be. They begin to form themselves and create their own person by referring to the actions and identities of the people surrounding them, which leads me to the topic of family structure?
Family structure plays a very important role when it is included in the nature vs. nurture debate. Not only do adolescents pay close attention to how they are raised, and even the actions and decisions their parents make they also are a combination of the two genealogically. The structure of your identity comes solely from your parents genealogical traits, so if your parents have an inheritable infection or disease such as cancer you too can carry that gene...