Do Human Beings Have Instincts?
I thought this was a subject worth writing an article about, because when I went to a psychology class about twelve years ago, they were still teaching that humans didn't have any instincts, as we were different than animals. Do human beings have instincts?
I dropped out of that class soon afterwards, because I knew immediately they were wrong, and that was probably one of the most fundamental aspects of psychology that all other aspects should be based on.
If they base their ideas of how the mind of a human being works on the idea that they don't have instincts, then what else is there that you can say is common among people?
You could say that it's all evironment and learning, but that doesn't really mean any correlation between the experiences of one person and another.
I think it was Freud who said that everything is about sex, and what is sex? It's an action, based on an instinct that you have to reproduce.
What Instincts Do Human Beings Have?
A human being has the instinct to breath, eat, drink, and reproduce, and anything else is really only different things aimed at achieving those same goals.
There is the concept of fun, and we do many different things to try to have fun, but how can you logically try to explain that in a rational way?
There is also the darker side of the human mind, where a person thinks about hurting other people, and gets angry. This is easy to explain, as aggression is a natural instinct for survival, as you must protect what you have to eat in the wild.
In the same way, I guess having fun could be explained as a instinct because of the bonding it can create within the group, which is necessary to live in large numbers, which is necessary to protect the species from predators.
Strength in numbers, and that is the basis for civilization, but does civilization have anything to do with losing our instincts as animals? No, it doesn't, and I think any rational person can see that we are still the same in evolutionary terms as we were a million years ago, we just evolved a bit, got bigger brains, and got taught different things.
If you want to get into areas like can human evolution be proven? I'm not going to go there, because it is proven. We are 99% the same in our DNA make-up as a chimpanzee, and do human beings have instincts? Of course they do, and they aren't even all that smart, because some of them think that they don't, and they actually still teach that in schools.