Behavior is an acquired human attribute. The behavior we have today is the result of the effects of various factors on our behavior.
Some factors may be in conflict with another in shaping our behavior, but most often, the most dominant factor gets to shape how we assess and resond to situations, how we react to certain stimulus, how we solve a problem and how we deal with other human beings.
Our roles in the society be it as a politician a prisoner, a vendor, a criminal, a priest, a person of authority or any role for that matter regulates and determines our expressed behavior. Each social situation or environment has it’s own set of expectations about how it is to behave properly. We tend to conform to this expectation as much as possible and this very process of conforming to this expectation greatly shapes our behaviors.
Imagine being in a dangerous situation say, in a burning building. The availability of resources determines our behavior in that situation. Are there exitways? Are you assured of your safety? Can you hear the sirens signaling rescue?
Can you still breathe?
The availability of resources during a particular time determines how we respond. Our responses, which then turn to behavior, are determined by how well we react to stressors.
3:) HABITS & AUTOMATIC RESPONSES:
Whenever our lives go into autopilot mode, patterned behavior as brushing our teeth before we sleep, the common phrase we say whenever we are surprised, or saying thank you whenever offered something or sorry whenever we err, we form and act out of habit.
Habits or wont’s are behavioral routines that tend to be imbedded into us and are acted out subconsciously, or that which needs no conscious thought. It is thought to be acquired through repetition. What is astonishing about the “habit” aspect of our behavior is that the brain expends almost no energy performing it. It creates a simple neural pathway which tends to be the only brain activity during the execution of a habitual act…………