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In the early 1900s, leading psychologist Thorndike claimed that the main determining factory is heridty
In 1925 however, John B. Watson claimed
“ Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select – doctor, lawyer, artist merchant-chief and yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations and race of his ancestors”
When we think of an individual that has personality, we often think of human beings – but even bears, goats, cats and more have personality
Think about your own pets – you can often describe them too as being shy or hyperactive
Ex). Researchers dropped a crab into a tank of octopuses, some of them would aggressively grab that dinner whereas others seemed more passive and waited for the crab to swim near them, some attacked the crab only when they weren’t being watched
You are in Ms. Seemi’s INCREDIBLE psychology class. This may inspire you to become a psychologist because you love the class SO much. Or this may also make you psychoanalyze yourself so much that you feel like you are going crazy, making you hate the class. All of these experiences work with your own interpretation, temperament and perceptions. So you will probably form an opinion about psychology as a result of how you feel about this class, your wonderfully patient psychology teacher and this school.
2 most powerful environmental influences in peoples lives
April 1999 – columbine shooting Dylan and Harris were 2 teenagers furious over the popularity of the school athletes and resentful about their inadequacies. They walked in one morning, killed 12 classmates and a teacher at the high school. They also took their own lives shortly after.
Parent’s fault for not raising them better? Should the parents have known?
Shared environment – family you grew up with and background/experiences you shared with your siblings
Nonshared environment – all things outside of your home on your own, such as being in my class right now
So in summary, this point is talking about how the family you’re raised in isn’t always the main thing, it actually has little to do with it, it has more to do with your experiences outside of the home and away from your family that shape you such as being in school and hanging out with your friends
2). Parents rarely have one way or raising their children
The way a parent is with their child depends on many factors such as their mood at the time, their stresses and problems, whether they are married or separated and also how happy they are with their partner if they are married.
3). Even if consistent, there is little relation between parenting and how children turn out
Abused children sometimes do not continue the cycle of violence and don’t let the abuse do them emotional damage
Some of the kindest and most nurturing parents are children of drug addicts and gang members.