While learning all about developmental psychology, I was very intrigued with how parenting styles can affect their child's upbringing. I started thinking about how my parents and their parenting styles have affected me.
One major characteristic of mine is my optimism and positivity. My friends know my favorite quote all too well: What you think about you bring about! So is this characteristic nature or nuture working? My parents are both extremely positive people and have worked very hard to raise me to believe anything is possible if I put my mind to it. To me the answer is clear; characteristics like an optimistic outlook on life are most defintely due to nurture and not nature.
But I have been proven not completely right! According to Psychology Today, self confidence is not entirely due to nurture. Behavioral geneticist Corina Greven and Robert Plomin wondered why it was that kids with high IQ's didn't always shine academically while the star student's IQ is much lower than others'. By studying identical and fraternal twins, they were able to come to the conclusion that self confidence can be pre-disposed to some people. This isn't to say that people as positive as my parents couldn't have influenced my outcome, but they are my parents so maybe we all share a really optimistic gene!