According to your text, nature refers to heredity, the influence of inherited characteristics on personality, physical growth, intellectual growth, and social interactions. Nurture refers to the influence of the environment on all of those same things and includes parenting styles, physical surroundings, economic factors, and anything that can have an influence on development that does not come from within the person. Answer The Following Discussion Questions:

In examining genetic or environmental factors, which have a greater influence on our behavior?

Based on your opinion, does inherited traits or life experiences play a greater role in shaping your personality? Why?

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