Nature vs. Nurture is an age old argument psychologists and researchers have debated for many years. Both sides being defended in a passionate manner has created the continuous battle we still see today. As I began researching the topic, I found adoption interesting in the context of this debate. In the article Adopted Children: Genetics, Heredity, and Environment, both sides of the debate are discussed however I found a prevailing dominance of the nurturing aspect throughout my reading. Being adopted presents many strong points in favor of the nurture side to the argument such as the presence of your surroundings, and the importance of role models and influences in your life that help shape your personality. I know that in my own life many of my personal traits are directly related to how my parents and siblings acted as I grew up. One of my most interesting take a ways from the article however strengthens my opinion that nurture outweighs nature by exploring the alternative explanations. It discussed the difficultly of obtaining a medical history or family tree for adopted children, and without knowing previous conditions that may have been relevant within your family, some conditions may never fully develop in your new environment. For instance in my family I have a history of high blood pressure, and because my mom was aware of this, she was quite careful about the food she fed us, therefor shaping a small aspect of my life. For adopted children however certain genetic aspects never influence their lives because they are not aware of them. Being unaware of the genetic side strengths the argument that heredity is not solely driving the development of each individual. The environment in which they learn to adapt and grow shapes the human they become, and begins a new history. Outside sources for genetic information could change the lifestyle of an individual; however it would be changing the way in which they were originally nurtured throughout life. After reading the article I thought of my cousin Al who was adopted from Peru. She directly follows the arguments presented in this article. The nurturing aspect had played such a key role in how she has developed as a person. I often forget she was not born into our family, because she has such similar mannerisms and personality traits as many of my actual family members. It made me further understand that although genetics may have played a role in how she has grown physically; her entire lifestyle and personality has been shaped by her family and surroundings in her home today. I re-evaluated my life after reading this article, and I think it is important for other to do so as well in order to strengthen their opinions on whether nature or nurture is the main contributor in this debate. Some questions to keep in mind might be; what do you think your life would be like growing up in a different town, or country, or maybe even a different family? How would you have been shaped differently?