What's a behavior?

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

It is a reaction triggered by a cause. The efficacy of this reaction is the result of several factors involved. The factors are physiological (structural), organic (biochemical), and intentional (awareness: conscious and unconscious). The case of Phineas Gage revealed for science the relationship between the brain's physical structure and its behavioral responses.

After the brain injury of Phineas Gage, he radically changed his behaviors and reactions, opening an advanced study called Neuroscience. The brain structure is also influencing mental decisions and it is a result of the adaptation of the biological structure of the being to resist conditions or stimuli. Each mental reaction or decision is a complex result of physical, chemical, conscious, and unconscious factors.

For each individual behavior, the mind responses or reactions are triggered in consequence of 5% conscious mind and 95% unconscious. The conscious is constantly feeding the Unconscious Mind through specific elements detailed below.

1. Physical:

  • The Brain Triune

The brain triune is the physical structure that refers to the evolution of the brain. The primary area is called Reptilian or Lizard and involves the survival instinct to keep the being alive. Will react instinctually based on prerecorded information. The second zone is called Mammalian or Limbic and is related to the memory and consequently to emotions. Finally, the sophisticated capacity of analysis is assigned to the Neocortex. This area has been highly evolved in human being brain developing an outstanding analysis capacity.

Also called Associative Neocortex is in charge of developing rational thinking and reasoning, abstract thought, and consciousness. The human Neocortex has the potential capacity of developing outstanding levels of intelligence through its learning process. The mind behavior follows the principle of thrifty in Nature, oriented to the Comfort zone, avoiding punishment, and looking for pleasure by natural instinct. However, the learning process demands to be challenged, called hypertrophy in the physical body.

Investigations made by the Neuroscientist Henry Laborit analyzes responses from the portions of the brain when facing different stimuli. Instinctive reactions directed from the basic portions of the brain may conclude in mental distortions or conditions.

  • Brain Hemispheres

Right and Left Hemispheres direct in each case the opposite side of the physical body. In all mental conditions exist a disconnection between mind-body coordination. The right portion involves metaphysical thinking, creativity, intuition, and imagination. Is highly developed in artists and inventors. The left side is numerical, analytical, and is attached to space-time awareness. Receive and translate information from physical senses: olfactory, auditory, visual, tactile, and gustatory. Provides logical thought, including languages and maths skills. It is highly developed by scientists.

2. Biochemical:

  • Organic & Inorganic:

For all the living existence, Proteins are the building blocks. Studies made by the Human Genome Project concluded the relationship between genes and protein production. Each individual is permanently producing proteins based on its own gene expression.

Proteins are organic compounds performing different roles in the human body. The types of proteins include Structural (skin, hair, muscles, bones, tendons, cartilages); Chemical Messengers (Hormones); Enzymes (Catalyzing reactions in cells); Antibodies (Immune response and protection); Transport (hemoglobin, kinesin); Receptors (Chemical signal).

Additionally, there are more Organic and Inorganic elements involved in neural and cell communication. Lipids, Glucose, ATP, and Vitamins are some other organic compounds necessary for a balanced organism. Minerals are inorganic compounds also participating in vital body functions such as nerve communication and cell signaling.

  • Functional:

The body is constantly running automatic processes such as digestive, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, muscular, skeletal, fascial, endocrine, and immune system. The combustion is made primarily by ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate).

3. Conscious & Unconscious Mind:

The mind will naturally react based on what is previously recorded as pleasant or in order to preserve its own species (survival instinct). This principle is observable in Nature's behavior and is now study in quantum dynamics. It expresses the behavior of energy to respond oriented to the minimum effort or thrifty pathway already known or compatible in memory.

Let's picture a reaction occupying space-time. It can have infinite possible locations but most likely only one would be more accurate than others (tailoring symmetry). Each person's reaction will be based on his own records: 95% unconscious and 5% conscious. The 95% is also called Proprioception, referring to the prerecorded awareness of proper location and reaction. For accurate and precise results, memory must exist. For evolution, the brain adaptation may need stimulation through a learning process (experimentation or exposition) and cyclic repetition.

Like when driving a car or training at the gym, the constant practice and repetition will master the result. During the learning process and progressive mastering, you need to follow environmental conditions, rules, or principles, performing accurate reactions, and will release a residual or different stimulus for the elements involved. As accurate the reaction, the precise result and residual. In Neuroscience, LTP and LTD are the only two possible results in neural communication.

Synaptic Plasticity is the brain capability of changing the communication terms between neurons. Spike Timing Dependence Plasticity (STDP) refers to the timing of this communication. It can result in Long-Term Potentiation (LTP) or Long-Term Depression (LTD). Anti-Hebbian learning is a method in Neuroscience in which the rule during the synaptic plasticity can be controlled. STDP is the causation of a learned rule.

For the brain to properly learn and record a memory some factors must be involved:

  • Attention (In Vivo): experience as a whole organism. Presence on Time (Right Hemisphere).

  • Empathy (Receptivity): From external conditions. It will receive based on internal balance.

  • Empathy (Expressive): From internal conditions. It will express based on internal balance.

  • Repetition (Patterns - Specificity): cyclic adaptation (timing).

The learning process will include intellectual capacity and virtue (physical and emotional purposes). From a single particle, a whole consistent and functional Universe evolved, developing resistance to design an endless number of species interacting for survival purposes. Nowadays, the Human Neocortex is a product of a progressive learning process through intelligence and analysis capacity, oriented to the Left Hemisphere of the brain.

The mind is a product of the perception of senses. Easy access to information is permanently influencing the brain. Stress is a distortion of the time projection, in which anxiety is attached to the future; and depression to the past. Stress is the principal factor related to the presence of other chronic diseases, increasing levels of Cortisol. But, unconscious memory will only record through attention under the state of presence (In Vivo).

Besides the instinctive unconscious mental reaction, the Human Neocortex capacity will include intentions and discernment to make decisions. The brain curiosity is constantly making questions but only intellectual curiosity and self-practice will develop Consciousness.

The Integrative concept of Health and Wellness is more intuitive, sensitive and oriented to the Right Hemisphere of the Brain. Accurate reactions and results will demand consistent interactions. Empathy is the non-physical capacity of sensitizing external stimuli, like yours. Empathy is the intention for consistent and meaningful interactions (no empty or just physical but with purpose). The capacity of each person for proper analysis and productive decisions will result always oriented towards his virtue and purposes in life.

Consciousness starts with curiosity and develops intelligence. Other principles to get familiar with: Apoptosis, Symbiosis, Kinetic Chain, Synergistic, Homeostasis, Proprioception, Hypertrophy, Specificity.

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