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Abstract Recent advances in biochemistry and neuroscience point to an organization between nature and nurture that encompasses the biological, relational, and environmental aspects of life and unifies the long debated nature or nurture controversy. The present paper describes a developmental theory that combines the triad of biological capabilities, relational and environmental experiences into a Pattern Assessment. The assessment explains individual behavioral patterns and their problem solving interplay. The assessment work is enhanced by use of a web-based computer program, which evaluates and reports on individual developmental experiences and effects.

Introduction A Pattern Assessment is a computerized evaluation that determines what life experiences a person has had, the impact of those experiences, and what behavioral outcomes resulted from the individual “making sense” of his or her experiences. The assessment is based on Pattern Theory which is described in this paper. This theory is defined using the key terms: 1. Environment - The world and things within it. 2. Relationships - The people within a particular area of the world that have physical and emotional connections. 3. biological capabilities - The physical and emotional abilities that form from genetic disposition and experience. 4. stress - “that which produces stress”; any event that initiates a general adaptation syndrome. (Selye, 1956, P. 64-65) 5. dynamic - “The word dynamic carries with it the conceptions of both force and activity. Even in physics the two are related, for force is...