Psychology Discussion Question

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Shiner and Shriner (2014) state that “…development involves a combination of stability and change, nature and nurture, and continuity and discontinuity… [it is a] combination of genetics and the environment that shapes us into the individuals that we become” (Chapter 1, section 1.1).

  • Analyze what you believe this to mean in association with your life. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your reasoning.
  • Give a personal, real-life example for each of the following:
    • A non-normative life event
    • A personal quality you believe is genetically based
      • Explain why you believe this to be true.
    • A personal quality you believe is experientially based
      • Explain why you believe this to be true.
    • Summarize your beliefs about how we develop. Use the week’s readings in the course textbook to guide your understanding, and be sure to cite it within your writing.
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