Sunday, April 6, 2014
Do you believe that individuals are affected by their environment in different ways? If so, how? If not, why not?
Yes, I do believe that individuals are affected by their environment in different ways. Human-beings constantly interact with the environment; therefore, it is inevitable to not be affected by the environment because of human and environmental interactions. The environment can affect everything about an individual in regards to who an individual is (development), who that individual will develop into, and what that individual does. The environment affects an individual's development, well-being, behavior, perceptions, experiences, and psychological processes as well (Steg, 2013). Therefore, every individual is either affected or influenced by means that are either positive or negative because his or her environment. An individual's environment can foster in positive ways one's development, well-being, behavior, perceptions, experiences, and psychological processes, but also in negative ways because of environmental stressors. Environmental stressors are the physical characteristics of one's environment that produce stress for an individual (Steg, 2013). Environmental stressors are either acute or chronic, and when they are chronic they are more consequential for an individual. This occurs because an individual lacks a complete ability to extinguish or escape such stressors (Steg, 2013). Also, every individual experiences his or her environment and even the same environment as another individual differently than another individual because every individual is different from another individual; therefore, each individual will be affected in different ways because of their environment.
Steg, L. (2013). Environmental psychology: An introduction. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.