Nurture the Nature

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Nurture the Nature


Sravanti, Lakshmi, Indian Journal of Psychiatry


Byline: Lakshmi. Sravanti

In the field of child development, there has been a constant nature versus nurture debate among professionals. While, nature is the genetic predisposition or biological makeup of an individual, nurture is the physical world that influences the nature. Some theorists lay emphasis on 'stability' and others on 'plasticity'.[1] However, this debate is redundant now. Behavioral epigenetic research has indicated that life experiences can affect gene expression.[2] In other words, nature is vulnerable to nurture, and there is evidence for bidirectional and interactive effects between parenting and children's characteristics.[3] During various phases of development, children need appropriate experiences that support their interest in exploration, experimentation, and self-direction.[4] Hence, modifying nurturing ways by adapting to the nature of a child will lead to desirable consequences both to the individual and society at large. This has been explained by using the analogy of nurturing a plant [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

Every sapling can grow into a tree with a tough trunk that supports itself and branches that spread across a large expanse serving multiple purposes. …

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