“Make Me” Part 1: Nature or Nurture
Go on, make me. Once you have made me, you will have, in part, made me.
Is your character innate, or are you a product of your environment? I think it has to be a bit of both.
Siblings start off and turn out to be vastly different from one another, although their enviroment is almost the same – with the variations of family dynamics. And in the same breath, I have to admit that there are family traits that may touch them all, so, perhaps to an observer, they may appear to be similar in character. Perhaps the differences are only clear close up.
Life’s circumstances can have an impact on someone’s character. Although I have known people with the same event happen to them, and their reaction to be entirely different, perhaps indicating that their nature is more engrained that any character change you would expect as a result of circumstances.
What do you think? Are you the way you are because of your genes; because of your environment or as a result of particular life events?
It must be a mix.
So, when it comes to making choices, how big a hand does peer pressure play?
There’s something about pressure of any sort that makes me go into reverse gear. There are loads of things I like to do, but if I feel pressured into doing something, I almost immediately do not want to.
It is like in a shop when they ask – perfectly nicely – if I want help or need anything, I find myself deciding not to buy anything. I’d rather decide on my own. The same with online advertising. I would never respond. I figure, if I wanted something, I would figure it out myself and go and get it.
But I am not sure whether my aversion to pressure is nature or nurture. Bit of both.