Instinct-based Moods, Emotions, Psyche – v1.4
Monday, January 11, 2016
Cybernetic morphostasis and morphogenesis processes are the creators of emotional positivity and negativity which is assigned to events, which in turn are divided into specific emotions. Morphostasis and morphogenesis loops monitor instinct realms for average and uncommon events and perceptions and apply emotional charge to them. Loops adjust their normalcies, baselines, or averages over time. (For example, statistically a person will no longer feeling down about being in wheelchair after it has gone on for a year.) Positive experiences feel better than the average, negative experiences feel worse than the average.
Instincts realms are types of needs that bodies are naturally attuned to. These instincts can apply emotional charge to basic concrete survival sensations, simple ideas, or global or universal abstract concepts.
Security/Self-Preservation – Maslow’s safety & security resources for the body. May sublimate into environment conservation.
Desire/Libido/Sexual – Forms strong kinship bonds. This instinct in particular, with its ability to feel attraction, boredom, disgust, and being bonded, can sublimate these emotional discriminations and motivate energy and drive for artistic, intellectual, creative, ambitious, or willful pursuits.
Social/Presentation – Gain status and approval. May sublimate into personalizing the impersonal, for example: spirits.
Each person usually has developed one instinct realm more strongly than the others, one moderately, and one instinct has been left relatively ignored.
(Instinct variant tests for individuals: Similarminds)
Morphostasis – Negative feedback loops. These corresponds with Maslow’s deficit needs. Within each instinct realm, morphostatic processes prefer to assign stronger negative emotional charge to perceptions that are uncommon to an individual, compared to weaker positive emotional charge to perceptions that are common to an individual. Reduces deviation within either the world or psyche. The purpose of this is to resist change and promote stasis.
The problems with awareness. Normalcies, baselines, and averages tend to fade from consciousness over time. This is apparent with morphostatic averages (positive), aka serenity. Serene thoughts and emotions in particular tend to be proportionally ignored by the conscious mind. If the environment is totally serene, the baseline expectation will eventually rise so high than anything can be seen as a horrible deviation if someone allows their conscious mind to dwell it, which it will be so inclined because deviations are more eye-catching than common events to an untrained mind. This is why hedonic adaption occurs.
Morphostasis note: Key to serenity — v0.1
Morphostasis positive charge, or lack of negative charge, is serenity. Your body’s morphostasis serenity needs must be maintained regularly.
The key to serenity is to consciously meditate on morphostasis positive charges. Here are some examples of possible serenity mediations.
For your body’s security instinct:
Now I am alive. I have a living body. Every pound of my flesh is a resource that belongs to me. Every breath is a success.
Now I am secure. I am in an environment that provides protection and is keeping me alive.
For your body’s sexual instinct:
Now I belong. I have a family or close friends to care for.
Now I have a calling. I have effects I am making on the world that I choose to do.
For your body’s social instinct:
Now I act likeable. I know people who like the way I act.
Now I have a likeable identity. I am a likeable human machine.
Morphogenesis – Positive feedback loops. These corresponds with Maslow’s growth needs. Within each instinct realm, morphogenic processes prefer to assign stronger positive emotional charge to perceptions that are uncommon to an individual, compared to weaker negative emotional charge to perceptions that are common to an individual. Amplifies deviation within either the world or psyche. The purpose of this is to promote genesis and resist sterility.
Negativity bias indicates that morphostasis deviations\losses (negative) are given more weight than morphogenesis novelties\gains (positive). For emotions, the approximate strength of this ratio is 3:1, reflected in the approximate charge magnitudes in the emotion table, -1 and +1/3.
How morphogenesis and morphostasis generate emotional charge — v0.1
If the emotional charge is produced long term, these become moods.
|Morphostasis feedback||Morphogenesis feedback|
+1/2, Medium-strength positive emotion
Long term: Normality, serene mood
-1/6, Weak negative emotion
As a longer mood: Depression, depressive mood
-1, Strong negative emotion
Long term: Neurosis, disturbed mood
+1/3, Medium-strength positive emotion
As a longer mood: Mania, manic mood
Raw emotions and Feelings/ethics are not synonymous.
Raw emotion, Low-road – Any automatic reaction which has been given an emotional charge. The instinctual realms are innate but also only approximately drawn in individuals. Counter-intuitively, most emotions do not have corresponding facial expressions, although they have positivity or negativity which are emotional charges which is the critical ingredient for an emotion. The emotions without facial expressions have been neglected by many scientists due to being non-obvious as emotions. The purpose of emotions and emotional charge is to assist in the process of making a decision.
Instincts learn what perceptions qualify as fitting within their realm via a combination of innate disposition and repeated exposure. Instincts which are regularly triggered by perceptions develop stronger neural pathways and become stronger in the psyche. For example, people forced to become soldiers will frequently develop stronger self-preservation instinct (red), resulting in a higher raw sensitivity for anxiety and stress (security morphostasis is practiced). Children who have positive social experiences will improve their raw sensitivity to how others perceive which of their behaviors are positive (social morphogenesis is practiced).
Instincts are more likely to respond with emotional charge (aka produce emotion) to perceptions which are within an instinct realm. Instincts that are not properly taught what fits within their realm may abnormally react to other perceptions which are not normally thought of as fitting within that realm, producing strangely inappropriate emotions.
Emotions applied to Jungian perceptions – Any Jungian perception (Se, Ne, Si, Ni), conscious or not, which has been given an emotional charge. Examples of this would be a memory that triggers an emotion, or a reframing of a situation that produces a different emotion. Incorporates the neocortex. Can perceive the present context that an emotion is happening in (Se), past events and the raw emotions associated with them (Si), present possibilities and raw emotional reactions to those possibilities (Ne), or future possibilities and emotional reactions to those possibilities (Ni). Does not have consistent decided rules for what is right and wrong, those fall under ethic, below. Use of Ne and/or Ni also allows for the process of abstracting emotional concepts which can then be perceived in new and combinatorial ways.
The good news is that just because an emotion is perceived that does not mean a person has to psychically react to the emotion in the sense of forming a judgement from it before the emotion passes. Refer to feeling/ethic, below. Also, a person can learn to control what perceptions one imposes upon oneself. A person can reframe a situation into a context which is then more likely be perceived positively or negatively by their emotions.
Jungian feeling/ethic – Also incorporates the neocortex. Any Jungian judgement (Fi, Fe), conscious or not, which has an emotional charge. Produced by integrating a raw emotion into part of a judgement conclusion to create a rule of what is good or bad. Has the potential to have more semantic complexity than basic raw emotions and is developed uniquely by individuals. However, understanding the raw emotion perception is an initial starting point for understanding feeling/ethic judgement. Feeling judgments create precedents of positivity/negativity for self-consistent future decisions.
Basic Emotions Table Introduction
Perceptions separated by instinctual realms merged with emotional positive/negative charge == specific emotions
If there was only once instinct (needs), there would only be one set of related emotions. But multiple instincts (needs) are in play, creating many emotions. The specific emotions then tend to bring out corresponding behaviors.
Be aware that Jung laid the psyche after his own, placing the social instincts (persona and ego) as more conscious than the stronger attraction instinct (true self) as an objectively normal layout. However, that layout is only true for people whose instincts are based more on social than libido or self-preservation. People with social variants can use Jungian models of the psyche, but people with other instinctual variants beware those may not seem to apply.
Environmental instinct – Instinct’s reaction to nerve sensations triggered by the body or environment.
Inner instinct – Instinct’s reaction to mental perceptions and judgements. How is this different from environmental? Take a developed human mind and imagine all nerve sensations are stopped by temporary sensory deprivation or temporarily transplanting the brain to a dark jar. The instincts could react to thoughts but not the environment nor demonstrate observable behaviors, and the mind could only talk to itself. The ability to demonstrate environmental instincts would break down, but the mind could still communicate to itself such things as internal perceptions of anxieties, ambitions, or an ego self-image. (Of course, this would nerve blockage would have to be temporary so the isolated mind does not progress to complete breakdown.)
Consciousness is not inherently associated with any of these complexes. Instead consciousness is something that moves around to wherever it is needed. It casts a greater ability to understand on one small section of the model at a time. The purpose of consciousness is mistake-correcting, literally self-consciousness. Some people’s consciousness will fixate on one of these complexes more than the others.
Located in the center of the three instincts by age of evolutionary development, the Libido’s Self and Anti-Self complex is of special interest. This complex act as a primary conduit for elements of the psyche to exchange positive and negative energy (experiences and events with emotional meaning) between each other, and also convert negative emotions in the anti-self (such as guilt & complacency) into positive emotions in the self (such as desire for self-forgiveness & self-growth) by reinterpreting ideas. For example, “I feel bad that I did that thing wrong (guilt) and I know I don’t live up to my potential (complacency). But… that act is in the past and I’ll put it behind me without passing judgement or regret (self-forgiveness, diffusion of negativity) … and I can learn to do better.” (self-growth, sublimation of negativity)
The anti-self can store negativity from psychic events unless they are dealt with properly, or improperly.
Repression of negativity. Negativity is not dealt with and collects, causing a general feeling of illness. May eventually lead to uncontrolled negative expression.
Expression of negativity. Negativity is expressed outward in the negative psyche, in such ways as irrational fear, anger, disgust, disinterest, self-awkwardness or shunning of others, melancholy.
Sublimation of negativity. Conversion of guilt in the anti-self to will in the self is a process of high skill. Negative psychic energy collected in the negative psyche by the anti-self can be converted to positive energy in the self and dispersed outward by the positive psyche. For example, guilt from not doing something you should have can be converted to desire to make things right and the energy can be spent on making amends. This process when done correctly drains excess negative energy from the negative psyche.
Diffusion of negativity. Negative energy in the anti-self can be diffused by becoming fully conscious of unconscious guilt which has a huge influence on behavior. Then self-forgiveness.
This table is for illustrative purposes only, to demonstrate possible specific emotions that morphostasis and morphogenesis emotional charge applied to instinct realms might generate. Behaviors are also listed if they may indicate the presence of an emotion. I do not claim it is perfect at the detail level. This does have flaws: it is not inclusive, forces strict divisions on emotions that aren’t so strictly divided, is sure to have many mistakes because of my limitations, and individuals have developmental differences.