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Nature versus Nurture issue is one of the oldest issues in the field of psychology. Psychologists have been debating in this topic for a very long time. Nature versus nurture issue simply means whether the behavior and characteristics of individual are determined by nature (heredity) or nurture (environment). Nature is defined as behavior due to heredity. If a person’s behavior is derived from the genes of his/her parents or other biological factors, then we can say it is the nature that determines his characters. On the other hand, nurture is defined as the behavior influenced from environment. If person’s behavior is affected by the environment, he grew up then it is the nurture that determines his characters.
Previously this issue has been discussed by philosophers like Aristotle and Plato to understand the human behavior. Plato believed that behavior and innate were due to innate factors.