FC: Aggressive Behavior
1: Photo from cover: Businessmen fighting. Photo ID # 42-20181256 Release Date Unknown Photographer: Judith Wagner Corbis
2: Developmental Psychologists and other doctors have addressed the topic of Nature Vs. Nurture for generations. French philosopher René Descartes first believed our actions were determined by our genes and we were simply born to act the way we do. British philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke believed it was more than that. They believed a person learned to act the way they do and it was more of a choice than just a predetermined trait to have certain behaviors. Developmental psychologist have been studying for years the behaviors and reactions people have to curtain situations. Criminals and people with long history of aggressiveness have been studied as well. When it comes to the issue of criminal behavior, nurture or the environment a person is exposed to, is a greater influence. If a child has actively involved parents, well behaved friends and peers and a good education they are less likely to engage in criminal acts regardless of their genetic makeup.
3: Mean, aggressive school girls teasing and pulling classmates braids. Photo ID # 42-25012622 Release date unknown Photographer : Graham Oliver Corbis
4: Black Power Gang Member Photo ID # 42-24359061 Released February 1, 1996 Photographer: George Steinmetz Corbis
5: The topic of nature vs. nurture is a difficult subject to address, depending on what aspect of behavior is being discussed, either could be more influential. People who have history of aggressive behavior have been studied in many cases and have been found to live in high crime areas or were associated with other aggressive children at a young age. When a young child is around people with criminal or aggressive behavior they are highly influenced by it. This makes aggressive behavior more influenced by nurture than influenced by a persons genetic make up. It is possible that genes play some role in aggression but in many studies environment has been the dominant influential source.
6: Businessman aiming slingshot at young female colleague Photo ID # 42-36321082 Release Date Unknown Photographer: Ale Ventura Corbis
7: School Bully Photo ID # 42-19753219 Release date unknown Photographer: Beau Lark Crobis
8: In the article “Changing Roles of Men: Nature vs. Nurture” Anitra Gordon discusses mens roles in the children's life. Gordon talks about children who do not have a fatherly figure in their life. She discusses the idea they children behave better and are more successful if they grow up in homes with both a mother and a father present. Gordon states “ Most of the speakers in the program agree that children benefit academically and show less criminal behavior when they have fathers as well as mothers actively involved in their lives.” Children learn a lot from their fathers. Boys especially need a father figure to look up to. When children to not have a male adult in their lives they miss out on opportunities to learn and can sometimes get into trouble because of it.
9: South Africa-Cape town-Home from home Photo ID # 42-27152604 Release Date September 3, 2010 Photographer: Kristian Buus Corbis
10: Addressing behavior as a whole is difficult. Different behaviors are effected and determined by different aspects of life. Some behavior disorders can be determined by a persons genetics. A parent can pass on an emotional behavior or in some cases it has even been proven that Bipolar disorder is genetically passed from parents to offspring. But when it comes to Criminal behavior and aggression a persons environment shows to have the greater influence. Child development is crucial to how they will behave. From birth on a child needs to be raised in a none aggressive loving environment in order to have better chances of not being an aggressive adult. It is important that a child has both parents actively involved in their lives, and that they choose the right friends to spend time with. Parents and peers have the largest influence on a young child.
11: Woman Lying on bed and screaming Photo ID # 42-43546835 Release Date Unknown Photographer: Sandra Hoever Corbis
12: The conflict perspective applies to aggressive behavior because it states that social problems emerge from continuing conflict between groups. Every person thinks differently and has their own opinion because of this conflict is always going to arise. Like our textbook says, this could be overhauled but that is unlikely to happen.