The Nature-Nurture Model
Much of our ‘personality’ at age 23 can be determined from a child’s personality traits at aged three (Cited in Liesfield and Miller, 2005). These early trait are influenced by both genetic inheritance and environmental physical and social conditions. Using several instruments (such as Strengthsfinder 2.0 and efacets), it is possible to identify those traits which indicate our potential for exceptional, superior performance (talents).
According to the strengths-based model of human development, once our unique, distinguishing talents are identified, our time is better spent investing in formal education and training, and informal life experiences that develop our talents into strengths: sustainable superior performance. The strengths-based Nature-Nurture model contrasts with conventional education and training approaches that suggests that we should focus our greatest development efforts overcoming the areas in which we are weak.
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