Environmental Influences Environment and Environment Term Paper

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These studies show development and growth is usually positive and normal in a home environment where there is sufficient care and/or love and in an environment that positively motivates learning and development. Conversely, the problems that can be experienced in a dysfunctional family can lead to problems even later in life. This is shown by the fact that juvenile criminals who become repeat offenders often come for broken or dysfunctional family environments.

The home and family are not the only environments that can have a profound influence on the individual. The school and educational environment is another environmental "space" that is important in normal human development. The school is an area that is particularly important in that it is an environment in which we first learn to interact and encounter the outside world. Therefore it is a crucial factor in social development. This can be seen in the fact that school environments that are negative and violent or which lack discipline and supervision can have an extremely negative and detrimental effect on the individual.

The influence of neighborhood environments is also another important area of concern. One often hears of the struggle and desire of those individuals who live in poor or crime ridden neighborhoods to escape the influences of their surroundings. This aspect is also related to peer influences. The friends and acquaintances in a neighborhood can also have an influential affect on individual growth and actions. An environment where positive peer influences are experiences is usually one that leads to healthy growth and development. This also refers to the issue of influences that shape individual identity. The sense of whom and what we are is very often shaped by the views and opinions of our friends and peers.

The workplace is another environment that plays a vital role in later development. It is common knowledge that a business or concern that has a positive and motivating working environment is usually more successful and productive. Another less obvious environmental factor but one which affect us all each day is the physical environment around us. This can have a profound affect on out lives and development. For example, polluted and unhealthy environments can have a detrimental effect on both psychological and physical health.

The above are a few examples of the environments that we encounter and which influence us. The environment in which we live, work and play therefore has a profound effect on out lives. While environments do not solely determine the human identity and experience, they do exert an enormous influence on the way we see ourselves and the world around us.

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