Qwertz Posted February 4, 2006 Report Share Posted February 4, 2006 Suppression is a form of control - the reflex may still be there, but it is controlled in as much as you do not retract your hand when the doctor gives you an injection. The action is controlled - the impulse is not. I'm talking about the reflex, the autonomic impulse to action. According to dictionary.com, instinct is also "A powerful motivation or impulse."Then dictionary.com's definition is imprecise. Actually, that's dictionary.com's second meaning. You skipped over the first one: 1. An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli. From a behavioral science standpoint, the word 'instinct' refers to a bird's knowledge of how to build a nest, a beaver's knowledge of how to build a dam, and a spider's knowledge of how to construct a proper web. Humans, again, are born tabula rasa, which means 'blank slate' - they have no knowledge. An infant does not even know that the pains of the hunger reflex are associated with a need for food - he must learn this implicitly by noticing the correlation between their abatement and being fed. Later, he will learn it explicitly and come to call the pain 'hunger.' Are you speaking here of getting aroused when seing a specific person, or thinking about him/her, or are you talking about getting aroused for any (including no) reason? A reflex is an autonomic response to sensations (not percepts or concepts). Insofar as it can be demonstrated that physical sexual arousal (for example, erection) can be achieved through purely sensory means (for example, touch), some degree of sexual arousal is reflexive. -Q Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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