A gene refers to a functional and physical component that can be inherited; a gene is
made up of DNA material. Traits mean the character of an individual or an organism. Someone’s
feature that can be physically seen as a trait that is a phenotypic part of a body, most studies have
revealed that the relationship between characters and genes begins at a tender age in a person’s
life. Genes are the qualities that one adopts from the family lineage and most often identifies one
as a member of such a group. Traits are the manifest characters of an individual through action or
behavioural elements, most unique for each member of a family. A gene is shared while a habit
remains personal, although both works to determine the personality of an individual.
Nature and the nurture argument that has taken preponderance in psychology are
concerned with the role played by each on a person’s life. Nature implies the natural biological
process and its role in an individual’s life, while nurture means attributes that are learned within
the environment through experiences and interactions. According to Macleod, 2018, the
argument entails the extent to which certain behavioural aspects are either inherited from genes
through biological processes or acquired through exposure and influences.
From the discussion, both nature and nurture have a role in shaping and teaching
behaviour in an individual. However, I tend to believe that in my own life, quality is responsible
for most of the traits. This is attributed to the fact that most of the behavioural aspects I acquired
them early in life, I believe that one is not born neutral but with some embedded characters
which are in-built. There are aspects of behaviour that are specific to a person and no amount of
punishment or teaching can be applied to change them. Nature does much in shaping behaviour,
personality traits and character as a whole. However, this being a combined effort of nature and
nurture, nurture broadens our nature aspects to give a broader understanding of why we behave
the way we do. From my perspective, much of behaviour and personality is from nature while
nurture helps us to understand why we are the way we are.