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Wild Basic Instincts

WILD BASIC INSTINCT

 
A recently released M.I.T. study confirms something that men have known for a long time: the sight of a beautiful woman is sufficient to cause a man to think of procreation. 

As the Associated Press reports, “Beauty is working similar to a drug," said Dan Ariely of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, a co-author of the study. 

Researchers showed a group of heterosexual men in their mid-20s pictures of men and women of varying attractiveness, while measuring the brain's responses through computer imaging. 

The beautiful women were found to activate the same "reward circuits" as food and cocaine do. The men had a negative reaction to pictures of good-looking males, suggesting they were threatened by them, study author Hans Breiter said.

 
Breiter said evidence that beauty stimulates these primal brain circuits has never been shown. He said the findings counter arguments that beauty is nothing more than the product of society's values. 

“There are lessons to be learned from this study”, said the researcher, “but they are not the lessons the media seek to draw from it.”

First, the fact that males are attracted to females is not surprising. The desire for procreation is known as an instinct. Thus, the fact that the male brain reacts to the sight of a woman in the same way that it reacts to food is to be expected. Men are literally wired to respond in a particular way. 

Liking for food is basis of the life itself. Without food one is not expected to live long. If men did not like women so much, the human race would die out. It shows the working or you may call the mechanisms how the instincts motivate people. They are coerced to behave in a particular way by their instincts. This is how instincts work. 

The result is that this all happens in a way the cocaine affect s the mind of male. Do you still remember the word – ADDICTION? The Research says cocaine is addictive, food is addictive and the sex is addictive. 

The sight of a woman sets a man’s mind’s instinct toward mating.  This happens naturally; in a natural way. Now the society starts playing its role to maintain its order. And it is achieved through law and enforcement machinery.

[Those who want to get benefitted with this they take recourse of EROTICA. See the article EROTICA IS BORN OF PORN AND NOT SEX.]

Both food and sex serve multiple purposes. Food is not only nutritive, but pleasurable also. Similarly the sex is used not only for procreation but for some other purposes. The learned readers are well aware of it. 

Western world is not much certain about sex. Western world is not certain about many other things including its own value structure. In western world births are not replacing their deaths. Their population is shrinking. In this duration the third world particularly India and then China are expanding that way. Both these cultures (yes! India and China are not countries they are cultures with similarities and dissimilarities between them) are likely to cover the entire horizon. This is not an estimation of an individual writing articles but this is the outcome of a research (as aforesaid). That research uses the words “In addition, Western civilization has perhaps come to the end of the Sexual Revolution, the free love, gender-bending disaster of the last thirty or so years. 

Western civilization has tried to do whatever feels good, and it feels like herpes, AIDS, and a terrible mistake.” 

This paper further uses the words, “Men, there is no reason to feel ashamed if you are pleased by the sight of a beautiful woman. There is nothing moral or immoral (you might say it is amoral) about a hard-wired instinct. What matters in terms of morality is how you allow your instincts to influence your human actions, your free and voluntary choices, including your thoughts. 

You may be attracted to the pretty women you see. Justifying adultery and promiscuity, however, is unwarranted. Just the opposite. Since we know how we're wired, we have a duty to be vigilant and chaste. The alternative is to be another B*** C****** (this name has been withheld being a respectable name).” 

But this research of M.I.T. cannot be taken as a standardized tool of human behavior. This research talked of some wild basic instincts which are likely to tame a man being of addictive taste – the researcher has said it. But it is for the consideration of the learned readers here if the temptation to organize such researches and then glamorizing them also appears to be driven by the same mentality. It appears to addictive in the same terminology as the researchers have used for food, sex and cocaine. Such attempts of glamorizing porn can safely be placed  in the Wild Basic Instincts. 

In 1943 Maslow at the time of his paper THEORY OF HUMAN MOTIVATION, observed that "the study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy" and hence he chose exemplary people such as Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass for his research purpose. This was the foreshadow of what PS Malik has repeatedly told his people. One such article on this website is “IF YOU REMAIN ALIVE THE SOCIETY WILL NOT…”. 

This study of M.I.T. does not disclose the sample of the population on which it was conducted. It is not made clear if this was the outcome of mentally tainted subjects or some healthy trend setters for humanity were chosen. Maslow is remembered even after more than half of the century not for the sensation he created but for the unfolding of constituting blocks of human behavior. For reader a brief description of Maslow and his theory is given here.  

Maslow characterized all human needs in five hierarchical levels. These levels can be shown in the form of a pyramid. The lowest level is associated with physiological needs, while the uppermost level is associated with self-actualization needs, particularly those related to identity and purpose.   

The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are met. It has been said that once an individual has moved upwards to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer be prioritized. 

If a lower set of needs is no longer being met, the individual will temporarily re-prioritize those needs by focusing attention on the unfulfilled needs, but will not permanently regress to the lower level. 

For instance, a businessman at the esteem level who is diagnosed with cancer will spend a great deal of time concentrating on his health (physiological needs), but will continue to value his work performance (esteem needs) and will likely return to work during periods of remission.  

For the interest of readers some glimpses of Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs are give here: 

Deficiency needs

The lower four layers of the pyramid are what Maslow called "deficiency needs" or "D-needs": 

  • physiological (including sexuality),
  • security of position,
  • friendship and love, and
  • esteem.

With the exception of the lowest (physiological) needs, if these "deficiency needs" are not met, the body gives no physical indication but the individual feels anxious and tense. 

Physiological needs

For the most part, physiological needs are obvious - they are the literal requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not fulfilled (with the exception of clothing and shelter), then the human body simply is not expected to continue to work.

Physiological needs include:

  • Breathing
  • Food
  • Sexual activity
  • Homeostasis (internal and external equilibrium)

Lack of air and food will kill an individual. A lack of sexual activity would mean the extinction of humanity, probably explaining the strength of the sexual instinct in individuals. 

SAFETY NEEDS

With their physical needs relatively satisfied, the individual's safety needs take over and dominate their behavior. These needs have to do with people's yearning for a predictable, orderly world in which injustice and inconsistency are under control, the familiar frequent and the unfamiliar rare.

In the world of work, these safety needs manifest themselves in such things as a preference for job security, grievance procedures for protecting the individual from unilateral authority, savings accounts, insurance policies, and the like.

These have been lacking for most of human history, but at this point are mostly satisfied in the "First World" -- although the poor, both those who are poor as a class and those who are temporarily poor (university students would be an example), must often still address these needs.

Safety and Security needs include:

  • Personal security
  • Financial security
  • Health and well-being
  • Safety net against accidents/illness and the adverse impacts

 
SOCIAL NEEDS

After physiological and safety needs are fulfilled, the third layer of human needs is social. This psychological aspect of Maslow's hierarchy involves emotionally-based relationships in general, such as:

  • Friendship
  • Intimacy
  • Having a supportive and communicative family 

Humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance, whether it comes from a large social group, such as clubs, office culture, religious groups, professional organizations, sports teams, gangs ("Safety in numbers"), or small social connections (family members, intimate partners, mentors, close colleagues, confidants). They need to love and be loved (sexually and non-sexually) by others. In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and clinical depression. This need for belonging can often overcome the physiological and security needs, depending on the strength of the peer pressure; an anorexic, for example, may ignore the need to eat and the security of health for a feeling of control and belonging.

Esteem

All humans have a need to be respected, to have self-esteem, self-respect. Also known as the belonging need, esteem presents the normal human desire to be accepted and valued by others. People need to engage themselves to gain recognition and have an activity or activities that give the person a sense of contribution, to feel accepted and self-valued, be it in a profession or hobby. Imbalances at this level can result in low self-esteem or an inferiority complex. People with low self-esteem need respect from others. They may seek fame or glory, which again depends on others. It may be noted, however, that many people with low self-esteem will not be able to improve their view of themselves simply by receiving fame, respect, and glory externally, but must first accept themselves internally. Psychological imbalances such as depression can also prevent one from obtaining self- esteem on both levels.

Most people have a need for a stable self-respect and self-esteem. Maslow noted two versions of esteem needs, a lower one and a higher one. The lower one is the need for the respect of others, the need for status, recognition, fame, prestige, and attention. The higher one is the need for self- esteem, strength, competence, mastery, self-confidence, independence and freedom. The last one is higher because it rests more on inner competence won through experience. Deprivation of these needs can lead to an inferiority complex, weakness and helplessness.

Maslow stresses the dangers associated with self-esteem based on fame and outer recognition instead of inner competence. Healthy self-respect is based on earned respect. 

Self-Actualization

 The motivation to realize one's own maximum potential and possibilities is considered to be the master motive or the only real motive, all other motives being its various forms. In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the need for self-actualization is the final need that manifests when lower level needs have been satisfied. Classical Adlerian psychotherapy promotes this level of psychological development, utilizing the foundation of a 12-stage therapeutic model to realistically satisfy the basic needs, leading to an advanced stage of "meta-therapy," creative living, and self/other/task-actualization. Maslow's writings are used as inspirational resources.  

SELF-TRANSCENDENCE

Near the end of his life Maslow proposed that there was a level on the hierarchy that was above self-actualization: self-transcendence. "[Transcenders] may be said to be much more often aware of the realm of Being (B-realm and B-cognition), to be living at the level of Being… to have unitive consciousness and “plateau experience” (serene and contemplative B-cognitions rather than climactic ones) … and to have or to have had peak experience (mystic, sacral, ecstatic) with illuminations or insights. Analysis of reality or cognitions which changed their view of the world and of themselves, perhaps occasionally, perhaps as a usual thing." Maslow later did a study on 12 people he believed possessed the qualities of Self-transcendence. Many of the qualities were guilt for the misfortune of someone, creativity, humility, intelligence, and divergent thinking. They were mainly loners, had deep relationships, and were very normal on the outside. Maslow estimated that only 2% of the population will ever achieve this level of the hierarchy in their lifetime, and that it was absolutely impossible for a child to possess these traits.

In Indian culture these Wild Basic Instincts were always considered as controllable. These were not only considered controllable but these were controlled successfully. 'Yoga and Meditation' were the tool kits to do all this. Here mankind was never considered helpless before its Wild Basic Instincts.

And this is not a hypothesis only but is something what has been achieved by a great number of seekers. Any one can do it. This article also offers the gate to enter:

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