The concept of misplaced inborn tendencies

ThinkingThe concept of misplaced inborn tendencies is my theory that we all have innate tendencies that we should not ignore, for the sake of our own mental health.

First, let me explain that there are basically seven types of innate tendencies. As the linked page explains, these tendencies are need, want, drive and/or urge, motive, instinct, reflex, and learned motives. They combine in various ways within each individual, but we tend to be largely ruled by only a few – or even one of these.

It is my belief that murderers and hoarders are examples of misplaced inborn tendencies. If we ignore and suppress the innate tendencies we are naturally born with, it puts us into an unbalanced state in which those tendencies still require an outlet. It may be controlled until certain events trigger it – or may even remain dormant for a long and unsatisfied life.

I contend that a killer doesn’t just want or need to kill: that killer has an instinct, drive and urge to do so. To understand the difference, please do click on the link above and read the referenced material. Don’t worry about the typos: just get the point, then come back. (Please?)

A natural-born killer does quite well in the wilds of Alaska, where one must slaughter animals in order to survive. A warrior needs a battlefield in order to even feel fully alive. Put that same person in the midst of a concrete jungle, however, and there is no outlet for those same instincts.

Likewise, the hoarder in modern society grows mentally ill with the task of saving items for nobody. It is an instinct and urge, which goes far beyond logic or even cerebral comprehension. His or her proper function in a balanced society would be as a storekeeper for the group. Hoarders, in their proper role, would be those who keep track of all the things everyone needs, ensuring that each item can be found and delivered to any family/clan/guild member who needs it.

Some are ideally suited to live in groups, while other people are clearly cut out to live a solitary life – but there is no doubt in my mind that pursuing our heart’s desire and following our dreams is much more important and profound than many people might lead you to believe. Plodding along in a life that we’re not really cut out for could have serious consequences – depending on whether that fire gets turned inward (as in the case of hoarders) or outward (as in the case of murderers).

Am I making sense here? Tell me why you agree or disagree in the comments below.