Is survival a natural human instinct?
Is survival a natural human instinct?
The world is not a safe place. There are numerous natural and man-made disasters that affect individuals and groups of people on a daily basis. While human beings often die in these crashes, you will still hear incredible stories of unlikely survival. In simple words, ordinary human beings are able to stay alive in the most unusual and unusual circumstances.
This phenomenon has happened countless times and continues to baffle people. Is it the natural instinct of humans to continue living? Is determination the driving force behind disaster survival? Why and for what do people fight so hard to survive? Why do some people survive incredible circumstances while others die in less dire situations?
Renowned evolution expert Charles Darwin presented specific, evidence-based theories of creature survival. This scientist proved in the 1800s that natural selection and survival are intertwined. Natural selection is a simple theory that emphasizes one unshakable concept: only the strong survive.
Simply put, every form of life is in constant danger because no one is supreme on the food chain or above natural disasters. When disaster strikes, the weakest in the population will die. The strong will live on and pass on their genes to the next generation. As a result, the particular species is able to continue to thrive and overcome challenges. This simple concept of natural selection can help us understand whether human beings really have a natural predisposition to continue to survive no matter what. In this short discussion, we will look at the human survival instincts that have managed to sustain the species for millennia.
The most obvious hard-wired survival instinct manifests itself in the form of a fight-or-flight response. This physiological response occurs if a person perceives a threat to their survival or some harmful attack or event. As implied, it is a biological response that helps a person in adverse situations to fight or run away from danger.
The reaction starts in the brain’s amygdala, which in turn triggers the hypothalamus gland. This process is followed by the secretion of the ACT hormone. This hormone triggers the adrenal glands to produce epinephrine or adrenaline and cortisol. When these biochemical secretions are released, they help the body prepare for violent muscle action.
In simple words, hormones will cause physiological functions to accelerate, which will be useful in fight or flight. For example, the work of the heart and lungs will speed up to supply the body with oxygen for muscle activity. Metabolic resources such as stored glucose and fat will be released to provide sufficient energy. Awareness of surroundings and vision are also improved.
In general, the body will also limit resources to parts of the body that are not needed for immediate survival. For example, digestion in the upper stomach and intestines will slow down or stop. There will be inhibition of tear and saliva production, and the bladder may relax and other sphincter muscles will be affected.
When a person is in danger, the fight or flight response will kick in. Some people will have unusual strength to fight the source of danger, while others will have the supernatural ability to flee the scene. Often this is known as hysterical strength because it exceeds normal limits due to the particular situation. The fight-flight response is especially valuable when fighting for family. For example, mothers will be able to lift a car when their children are in danger. A father will run into a burning building despite the danger to save his family.
The concept of opposites attracting is more than a fancy theory. In a certain experiment, it was shown that people choose partners that will ensure the survival of their genes. Human beings are built differently at the genetic level, including the level of immunity. People with lower immunity are more susceptible to illness and death in the event of adverse situations.
If a person chooses a partner with the same genetic code for immunity, their child is likely to be vulnerable to multiple diseases. Under ideal circumstances, a person will choose a partner with opposite or at least different immune strengths from them. This will allow their child to have a better chance of survival when exposed to dangerous situations.
So how do people recognize the right partner? According to the BBC show Human Instinct, it’s all in the nose. In their experiment, a man was exposed to the natural scent of six women, invisible to the eye. The smells he found most attractive belonged to women who did not share the genes associated with the immune system. This phenomenon is designed to create the ultimate family unit.
There are other innate survival instincts that help individuals and the entire human race continue to survive. For example, human babies are born without any form of protection against threats to their existence. However, they are able to communicate their needs by crying at different volumes and pitches to communicate their desires. Also, babies are almost universally attractive to people because of their general cuteness and adorableness. This phenomenon helps trigger a caregiving response in humans that ensures their continued survival. It is theorized that cuter babies have a survival advantage.
People are also wired to avoid poisonous foods that could threaten survival. As an adult, he has the ability to understand poison mostly in a logical way. However, babies can only rely on their instincts to determine what is safe. This is why babies will reject bitter food and choose sweet, energizing foods.
Human instincts are designed to promote survival, but ultimately our bonds with family, children, and other relationships provide the strength to fight against insurmountable odds.
Plan, prepare, protect, pass, hold, endure, succeed and keep body, soul and family together. You need a plan to prepare and protect yourself and your family. Survival is our strategy!”
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