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Psychology, Fifth Edition by Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER4

The Chicken or the Egg?

In This Chapter

  • The nature versus nurture debate
  • Getting into your genes
  • What flips the switch?
  • Just what are you born with?
  • Establishing one’s attachment style

Are you the way you are because of your genes or because of your life experiences? This nature-nurture debate has a long, tedious, and politically influenced history.

In the nineteenth century, for example, educated people widely believed that “biology is destiny.” Sir Francis Galton did a study showing that prominent people (of which, not coincidentally, he was one) produced prominent heirs, while a study of the infamous Jukes family revealed that seven ...

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