A SAMPLE OF QUESTIONS AND REPORT
Depending on the test you take, the report will identify four, eight or twelve of your strongest instincts. Each of these instincts will be defined so that you understand how they mold your personality and behavior. Also, you will get a set of suggestions on how to manage each of these instincts to maximize their pleasure and minimize the harm you could cause yourself or others. Please below find samples of the questions and the report.
- I will avoid confrontation over fighting for my rights
- I much prefer a great fortune over a good name
- If God lent me his power for a day, I would convert all humans in to my race, language and faith.
- When my team loses a game it bothers me for days.
- Trickery clearly erodes my innocence, but I always apply it to get what I want.
- To me, my children’s well-being is more important to me than my own.
- I work to live, and I do not live to work.
- I frequent my favorite music more often than any other art.
- I often hastily act without thinking and planning; and then, I say “what was I thinking?”
- In times, I have shared some secrets with others for no good reason, only to regret it later.
- I hardly say or do anything without a good reason.
- I never take unreasonable risks to avoid silly mistakes.
- To me, morality is more important than my religion when they fall into conflict.
- Respecting the rights of the others is a true measure of being mature and civilized.
The Instinct of Tribalism
The instinct of tribalism urges people with similar tribal identities (such as language, race, religion and culture) to bond together and form tribes. Thus, this instinct fragments humans into ever-smaller ethnic groups that one might call sub-groups, such as accents within the same language, slight complexion differences within the same race, sects within the same religion and so on. Even music, being so closely linked with language, tends to separate between various groups of people. These tribal attributes divide humans into different distinct groups, and those who share the least of these tribal identities with one another repel one another, and those who share the most in common attract each other. Those tribally distanced from one another, not having much in common, often misunderstand one another, distrust and dislike each other, and the stage is set for conflict. From this result stereotypes, prejudices and discriminations. In extreme cases, it results in wars and the intentions to dominate one another, and other things that weaken the social fabric of societies. The instinct of tribalism strongly molds the behavior of people at all levels and causes needless animosity among the people of different tribes, which in extreme cases leads to ethnic cleansing and genocide. Here too, macro-behavior and micro-behavior applies.
Suggestions on How to Manage the Instinct of Tribalism
- I know instinctively race, religion, language and culture fragment humans into different tribes and sub tribes.
- Our languages divide us into different tribes and our accents within our own languages further divide us into sub-tribes. Our faiths divide us into spiritual tribes, and then we divide yet again into sects within the same faith. The pigments of our skins divide us into different races and our complexions within each race further divide us into smaller tribes. Then, many stereotype, judge and treat each other accordingly. Knowing that this inclinations stems from a primitive instinct, I shall do all I can to suppress it in me.
- I’ll defy this instinctive urge and will treat all people fairly as equals, and on their own individual merits and I hope that others will treat me the same way, as good and evil people exist in all tribes.
- If I believe in tribal supremacy over others, I owe it to myself to scientifically justify this urge. And because this self-indulging sense of supremacy has no scientific bases, I will relent this attitude.
- One must understand that despite the differences in our tribal identities, we all have the same aspirations, needs, desires, and suffer the same flaws, have the same fears and thus, are the same.
- If I cannot manage my tribal instinct, I shall travel abroad to learn and appreciate the race, religion, language and culture of other tribes to change my attitude.
- If somehow I cannot overcome this instinctive force of tribalism, at least I shall try to avoid the people from other tribes to reduce the stresses and to avoid conflicts.
- Some say, we are not as good as we think we are and others are not as bad as we think they are. Studying and understanding the instincts of tribalism and chauvinism together will validate this.
- The unmitigated instinct of tribalism urges people to attract the people with common tribal identity and repel those that we have the least in common with. Often we dislike and distrust others and in extreme cases this leads to ethnic cleansing and genocide. Such feelings must be suppressed to avoid disaster. To use a quote from Mark Abraham, “To be friends you need no reason, but to be enemies, you must have a good reason.”
The Instinct of Greed
Instinctively humans like to accumulate, often even for no good reason. You visit your storage places and most likely you will find things that you have not used for years. Yet driven by this instinct of gain and retain, greed, we are programmed to collect and to accumulate, thus we use our valuable real estate to store junk that defies logic. The same applies for endless quest for wealth. Many people gain great fortune that can provide them with lavish life style for generations to come. Yet, driven by this instinct many cheat, steal and even kill when required to get more of it aimlessly. Because instincts emerge and function in the vacuum of intellect and reasoning this unquenchable greed becomes inexplicable through reasoning.
Erroneously most people associate greed with wealth and material gain alone, but in fact all instincts are greedy, each in its own pursuit. They want them repeatedly and in endless quantities. People want fame, fortune, power, sex, pride, glory, dominance and so on endlessly each of which stems from a particular instinct. The seductive temptation each instinct induces gives us the delusion of more of everything will produce a richer and happier life and that molds the lives of the many. Yet we find many who achieve most of such objectives, but still live miserable lives. And often driven by greed they more readily violate others to get what they want and provoke them to strike back and make their lives unpleasant. Hence, contrary to their expectation many greedy people face more problems and live unhappy lives. One of the means for true happiness seems to be contentment and respecting the rights of the others and living within one’s own means in every way. Because not all humans are equally as greedy, macro and micro behavior applies here too. I will manage my greedy instincts and find my bliss.
Suggestions on How to Manage the Instinct of Greed
- I know that greed is not limited to wanting only more wealth. Wanting and desiring anything in excess, material or otherwise to satisfy any instinct, is greed.
- All instincts by nature are greedy and everything they desire they demand in excess. However, being aware of this instinctive drive, I will manage them rather being managed by them.
- I distinguish the difference between ambition for success and unlimited greed. I will pursue the first and resist the latter.
- Any sort of greed that can only be satisfied at the expense of others is an undesirable urge that must be suppressed to avoid afflicting others and to avoid the reaction it might provoke.
- I have yet to find any greedy person who is truly happy. I will control my instinct of greed to acquire true tranquility and happiness that one can never achieve through greed.
- Making the money does not necessarily make it mine; only spending it does. Spending excessive wealth to sooth the pain of those in despair might prove to be a more rewarding and joyous way one can spend some of his or her gains. True happiness is to be found not in snatching from others, but in well placed generosity.
- I wish to enjoy an inner strength potent enough to defeat my excessive illegitimate instinctive desires to prevent being contaminated by the filth of greed. The hardest battle to win is the battle against excessive and wanton temptations induced by different instincts.
- I will consciously help my intellect to lead the way when in conflict with my blind instincts. When I feel I am fully in command, I will know that I have truly matured and have arrived.
- I know instincts being permanently active; the challenges they issue are lifelong. I must always have my guard up against them. Excessive greed of any sort is never fully satisfied and is a recipe for lifelong frustration. True nobility is to be measured by how well can one suppress one’s primitive instincts.
The Instinct of Aggression
The instinct of aggression drives an unduly, excessively hostile application of ways and means to dominate others and to impose conditions on them. Aggression, besides acting as a stand-alone instinct, is also a common component of all instincts, and surfaces when achieving their objectives is blocked off by external means it manifests itself if and when the circumstances allow. Even the tender maternal instinct can get very violent when a mother finds her child threatened. The instinct of aggression finds expression in many ways ranging from manipulation to abusive language and passive aggression, and from politicking and trickery to violate the rights of the others to violence by imposing conditions on others. Even the simple act of theft is an act of aggression in which one imposes the separation of property from its rightful owner. As a component of the human personality, it affects every human act differently and with different intensities. An accurate and in-depth study of human personality and behavior cannot be achieved without taking the implications of this human instinct into consideration. People driven by extremely potent urge of aggression can become serial killers, war mongers and even genocidal. Because aggression is an integral part of all instincts, all humans are marked by this trait to different degrees from which results macro and micro behavior.
Suggestions on How to Manage the Instinct of Aggression
- Since the instinct of aggression dwells in all humans, and me, it needs to be satisfied in healthy ways. Hence, I try to frequently watch top-level athletic contests in my favorite sports to appease this instinct in healthy ways while enjoying such events.
- I shall dissipate some of my aggressive energy and maintain my health through working out or by being active in my favorite sport as an athlete.
- I will try to occupy my mind with things to minimize the time when the urges induced by this instinct occupying my mind. Frequently associating with I like, playing games such as chess for this purpose and mental exercise might prove helpful. Also, the silent aggression in this game might help me dissipate some of my aggression.
- Aggression is not limited to violence and it takes many forms. Manipulation, verbal abuse, disrespecting the rights of the others, imposition of any sort, politicking and trickery are all acts of aggression against others.
- I realize that a potent, unmitigated instinct of aggression can result in problems beyond repair and I must do all it requires to control it.
- I know that anger and aggression are two sides of the same coin and they feed off one another; managing one can help to manage the other.
- I must know, since I do not like aggression in others, others cannot like it in me.
- I must be aware that aggression in people is perceived as a repulsive trait and could urge people to dislike me enough to sabotage my efforts to progress in life instead of trying to help me excel.
- I know that the instinct of socializing drives people to each other, while aggression repels the people that we might like to befriend. Thus, these two instincts lead to two opposite ends, are irreconcilable contradictions and the progress in one would demand the demise of the other.