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Nature or nature, what's your opinion? Okay so I know that this has probably been asked hundreds of times but what is your opinion on the matter? In my opinion I think people who commit the most depraved acts, such as rape or murder, were born bad. I believe that for them to commit such acts they had to be born lacking something, such as empathy. Anyway that's my opinion, I'd love to know what you all think
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Both, though I don't claim to know in what proportion.
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someone explain how someone can be born bad?
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Mm, I believe it has to be both.
Maybe factors in our life affects the way our brain works, which is the place where all thoughts, behaviours etc derive from.
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A mixture of both although human nature in general tends to be bad by default
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Cue A Level Psychology students flooding in all shouting Diathesis stress model

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someone explain how someone can be born bad?
If you assume that genes determine your personality then your genetics can determine whether you are overly aggressive, lack empathy, can't control yourself etc.

I think it's clearly not as simple as one or the other. I read an analogy that goes something like - your genetics load the gun and then the environment pulls the trigger. I.e. you have to have some predisposing factors to begin with but even someone with those predisposing factors could be an upstanding member of society if they aren't exposed to environmental factors which lead them to offend. I think environment + upbringing are probably the most important factors.
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bad to the bone

(Original post by StudyJosh)
someone explain how someone can be born bad?
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(Original post by doodle_333)
If you assume that genes determine your personality then your genetics can determine whether you are overly aggressive, lack empathy, can't control yourself etc.

I think it's clearly not as simple as one or the other. I read an analogy that goes something like - your genetics load the gun and then the environment pulls the trigger. I.e. you have to have some predisposing factors to begin with but even someone with those predisposing factors could be an upstanding member of society if they aren't exposed to environmental factors which lead them to offend. I think environment + upbringing are probably the most important factors.
I agree with you there. As humans our instinct is to kill, I believe that over time these "qualities" of a killer, such as a lack of empathy, have gradually diminished; however in a person who would commit such an act I think these "qualities" are present. And I love the analogy which you have used, ultimately society and the surroundings which you are exposed to will light the fire - or pull the trigger..
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(Original post by doodle_333)
If you assume that genes determine your personality then your genetics can determine whether you are overly aggressive, lack empathy, can't control yourself etc.

I think it's clearly not as simple as one or the other. I read an analogy that goes something like - your genetics load the gun and then the environment pulls the trigger. I.e. you have to have some predisposing factors to begin with but even someone with those predisposing factors could be an upstanding member of society if they aren't exposed to environmental factors which lead them to offend. I think environment + upbringing are probably the most important factors.
yes i agree but that person is still not born bad - just predisposed to be bad...
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