Psychologists bicker back-and-forth whether humans are born innately innocent with a clean slate, if we’re selfish by nature or if it’s some kind of combination of both.
The discussion focuses around the core question if it’s our biology or our environment that plays a stronger role shaping our behavior.
It’s the classic discussion of “nature” versus “nurture.”
As a parent (and former child myself) I tend to believe that we don’t have to train our kids to be selfish – they manage to figure that out on their own.
Here’s a very brief and funny video, which persuasively suggests that nature plays a bigger role than some may think.
I had four siblings growing up and witnessed this type of thing all the time – demonstrated by me as well as my brother and sisters. Thankfully, my parents helped curb that selfish cycle.
A cycle that my wife and I must be vigilante against in our own children.
Question: What do you think – are kids born selfish or do they learn it?