After being un-expectantly graced with my twins presence last weekend when she made the trek home from college, the Nature vs Nurture debate entered my mind. Being raised together doesn't exactly add much fact to either side, especially because of the differing genders, but it intrigued me to a point where I began comparing and contrasting different components of our personalities and behavioral habits.
The nature vs Nurture debate is an argument about whether biological factors or environmental factors are more influential in our human development and the resulting behaviors. Is who we are determined by our genetics or shaped by the environment in which we developed? In regards to my sister and I, we are completely different in most aspects, which is not exactly shocking to me. However, my older brother and I are completely similar, if not almost the same, in our personality, behavior, and physical appearance and often get asked if we are twins. From this I came across an article in USA today, http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-05-siblings_N.htm, about how nurture seemed to play a big role.
The siblings said that they were never pressured, pushed or compared to each other, but nurtured in a supporting environment that allowed them to develop on their own. Their own competitiveness against each other was enough motivation to do their best which I think is compatible to most siblings.