Behavior and Motivation

From Part I Chapter 4  Socialization of Female Oppression

By Shane Stewart

When I was a child, I would sometimes hear people around me using explanatory phrases that were designed to excuse theirs and other people‘s behavior, such as; “Well, we all have our reasons for doing what we do.”  This is an old folk saying, and I didn’t understand it then, but now I realize it demonstrates that most people understand that behavior (doing) is directly related to motivation (reason).  Everything we do, we do because of some reason or reasons. The relationship between motivation and behavior is inseparable. The connection between motivation and behavior is so critical to understanding behavior that in criminal investigations, we not only seek to determine who committed a particular crime, but also try to establish a motive (why) that person might have carried out such criminal behavior.  Motivation and behavior are solidly bonded, and although we cannot possibly observe motivation, we can certainly see its direct effects in the physical behavior it produces.

External behavior is the physical manifestation of internal motivation

The external behavior of female domination and oppression by the male of our species is a manifestation of the internal motivation to maintain the images of male “superiority” and female “inferiority.”  Except in cases of extreme mental or emotional illness, or biological deficiency – which may render some people wholly unconscious as to their behavior – most of us are conscious of what we are doing, and most of the time fully aware of why we are doing it.  All behavior stands upon a foundation of motivation.  Generally, most foundations of motivation that generate behavior can be identified and easily organized within particular categories.  These categories include [but are not limited to] the following:

Motivational Foundations of Human Behavior:

  • Species/Sensory motivation
  • Religious motivation
  • Cultural/Social motivation
  • Group motivation
  • Personal motivation

Species motivated behavior is involuntary and varies greatly among species.  Although all cognitive life forms display automatic, sensory motivation, species-specific behavior is that which scientists consider instinct, and generally serves to support a particular species’ survival.  Species motivated behavior can be observed in such things as the seasonal migration of birds, bears in hibernation for the winter, or in the mating rituals of fowl.  Survival patterns are generally species motivated.  Whereas a rabbit will attempt to run away in order to avoid danger and survive, a tiger will attack.

Sensory motivated behavior is a mixture of voluntary and involuntary behavior patterns, and is basically self-explanatory.  Sensory motivation is a response to stimulation that comes through one or more of the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste, from something in the environment.  The sound of your favorite music might cause you to dance.  The smell of good food might cause you to feel hunger and begin to eat.  The burn of a flame will cause you to pull your hand away.  All life forms except human rely completely on species and sensory motivated behavior for their survival.

Religiously motivated `behavior is entirely voluntary.  Many foundations of behavioral motivation require strict adherence to officially approved behavior patterns.  This is particularly true in the case of foundations of religious motivation.  Most religions are not confined to national boundaries and therefore people of different nations and cultures may share one particular religion around the world.  Members of religious organizations must keep their behavior within the parameters of the strict doctrine laid down by the authorities of that particular religion.  People displaying behavior outside the confines of that approved religious doctrine are considered sacrilegious, and may face expulsion from the religion.  In extreme cases, religious leaders may call for the death of those who display behavior not in accordance with the official doctrine of that particular religion.

Religious foundations of motivation give strong support to its members who remain obedient to its doctrine.  Religious congregations are bonded by an exclusive sense of camaraderie, infallibility, and absolute self-righteousness.  Religion is among the strongest of motivations within our species.  Religiously motivated behavior can be observed in such things as genuflecting before a cross, prayer, regularly attending church, or proselytizing your particular God, represented by your particular religion, to others in hopes of converting them.

No other species on earth displays religiously motivated behavior.  Such behavior is exclusive to the human race.  Sadly, religious motivation is and has been the root cause of many long and destructive wars that have been fought in the name of God!  Many of these conflicts come between warring factions of the same religion!  And even more sadly today, “religious” murderous terrorists are killing thousands of innocent men, women, children, and infants in the name of their God, simply because these innocent people do not share the terrorist’s “religious beliefs”.  How on Earth can an infant share a religious belief.

Cultural behavior (after a child reaches maturity) is also voluntary and is confined within the parameters of a particular culture, or society.  There may be many different cultures within the boundaries of one particular nation or society.  Cultural behavior varies widely across different cultures.  Some cultures allow marriage at a much younger age than others.  Some allow a certain public display of physical affection while other cultures may go so far as to kill people who so much as hold hands in public.  Cultural differences – like religious differences – are a major cause of war, as many cultures engage in conflicts designed to gain cultural domination through conquering or destroying those of divergent cultures.

Social behavior has its own particular expected patterns of behavior in any particular society.  Regardless of your religion or culture, the society within which you live requires adherence to certain behavior patterns.  Generally social behavior is that which people display when in public.  Most people tend to be on their best behavior when in public.  Social behavior is generally that which directs people to coexist peacefully within their society, regardless of their cultural, ethnic, or religious differences.

Group motivated behavior is entirely voluntary and is specifically limited to identification with a particular group of people.  Groups are generally small and concentrated in terms of numbers, and are usually controlled by a despotic leader who demands absolute loyalty from the group members.  A group can be as small as 2 people, or as large as thousands or more.  We can also use the term “cult” to define group motivated behavior.  Within a society or culture there can be many, many smaller groups that behave strictly according to their own standards.  Motorcycle clubs and gangs are examples of groups that demonstrate their own standard of behavior.

Group motivated behavior supersedes all other behavioral motivations except personal.  The society or culture, within which a group exists, has little to no influence on the group.  Group motivated behavior has no consideration for cultural, social, or religious, boundaries.  On the contrary, many groups are intent on belittling, ridiculing, and destroying the accepted social order within which the group exists.

Personally motivated behavior is also voluntary.  Personal motivation is least likely to be under any type of influence from other foundations of motivation.  Personal behavior has very few – if any – restraints or connections to social, cultural, religious, or group standards of behavior.  Many times, insanity or deep mental and/or emotional problems will drive personally motivated behavior. Other times personal sadness, regret, pain or anger can personally motivate.  People acting personally and individually have no concern for limiting their behavior.  They do not care to please anyone but themselves.  Personally motivated behavior is almost entirely focused on negative or destructive behavior.  The so-called “lone wolf” serial killer is a personally motivated creature, and moves within society just as an animal would, avoiding most human contact except that which is necessary to bring down unsuspecting prey, which is generally a female.  These people set their own standards of behavior, shunning any contact with – or expression of – acceptable social standards.

Many academics spend their careers analyzing why humans behave as they do.  Others are not concerned with the why of human behavior, but with the what.  The “what” of human behavior is easily discernible through simple observation of action, but the “why” is much more elusive and may require extensive investigation.  By observing human behavior, we can determine if particular behavior patterns are common to our species as a whole.  Common behavior patterns are familiar to all of us and can be observed anywhere in the world.  Common behavior patterns can also be predictable.  Human behavior is predictable if during observation we note certain repetitive patterns.  Female oppression and the negative, “sexually motivated” behavior that men display toward women is a universally predictable, repetitive pattern.  Most men evaluate women by sexual standards.  How they treat women is determined by how they see them sexually.  Men treat women who arouse them sexually much better than women who do not arouse them.  Sexual motivation and female oppression are common behavior patterns shared by almost every man on earth.  Therefore, sexual motivation and female oppression are “species specific” behavior, that permeates the male group of the human species.

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