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The discussion on nature versus nurture is one that pits two

The discussion on nature versus nurture is one that pits two philosophical frameworks against each other. Nature is the concept that biologically and in personality, humans possess gifts, traits, and abilities that make them the distinct individuals that they are in society. Nurture is the concept that individuals learn different traits, abilities, and gifts, which define them in society. In criminal justice, one must consider the following question: Is criminal behavior naturally a part of human beings since conception, or is criminal behavior a learned behavior?

Of the following 2 statements, which statement do you support and why?

1. Human beings are born with basic personality traits that do not change greatly over the course of their lives.

2. Personalities are largely developed throughout the lives of human beings, based on their circumstances.
Do you believe that criminal behavior is based on the theories of nature or nurture? Why?

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Personalities are largely developed throughout the lives of human beings, based on their circumstances.

In my opinion, this statement is the accurate statement. While it is true that human beings are born with basic personality traits that is constant among all persons, a person literally becomes their environment. Let's look at this from a basic standpoint. Little Johnny is born with the same personality traits as you and I. His parents are regular, common people who work for a living, and they give Johnny a decent home life to grow and excel, surrounded by people who love him. Johnny has been taught right from wrong, and was encouraged to stay in school. Johnny is now 21, and low on money. He is standing in front of a convenient store in the middle of ...

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The discussion on nature versus nurture is one that pits two philosophical frameworks against each other. Nature is the concept that biologically and in personality, humans possess gifts, traits, and abilities that make them the distinct individuals that they are in society. Nurture is the concept that individuals learn different traits, abilities, and gifts, which define them in society. In criminal justice, one must consider the following question: Is criminal behavior naturally a part of human beings since conception, or is criminal behavior a learned behavior?

Of the following 2 statements, which statement do you support and why?

1. Human beings are born with basic personality traits that do not change greatly over the course of their lives.

2. Personalities are largely developed throughout the lives of human beings, based on their circumstances.
Do you believe that criminal behavior is based on the theories of nature or nurture? Why?

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