DISPLACEMENT BEHAVIOUR IN HUMANS

Other animals repeat instinctive behaviour. Instinctive behaviour repeats without any noticable change over generations. It repeats constantly.

Humans repeat learnt behaviour. To learn, remember and repeat we need to focus. The more we learn, the more we need to repeat. We have become caught up in the ever increasing repetitions.

Displacement Activity

Displacement activity is a behavioural illness which animals often suffer when they feel stress or insecure. They compensate with habitual, but inappropriate, sometimes self-destructive, activities.

A dog scratching: displacement activity.Hens scratch and peck at nothing just because they feel nervous and insecure; dogs and cats clean themselves when they are confused or want feeding. Any habitual activity can be displaced.

And we have begun to act like birds in captivity with compulsive grooming habits, plucking their own feathers out to such an extent that they can't fly.

Or, overpopulated deer who rub off so much musk on their territorial marker trees that whole rings of bark disintegrate and their territorial trees die.

Humans in the Western world, are collectively displacing. We are in the process of destroying ourselves and our environment, with an inappropriate habit.

We are overfocusing – overwanting and overdoing.

And in the same way that a dog obsessively scratches himself because he can imagine no better response to his confusion – we hardly notice that we are compulsively focusing, because we have no idea that there is any other way of sensing.

But it's not only a practical displacement like other animals – it's a development specific to humans, a psychological level of displacement.

The way we sense our own thoughts and ideas – our abstract understanding – is overthinking and overabstracting.

Thinking About Thoughts

Most people realise this, we know we're continuously thinking about thoughts. And most people have given up hope of ever stopping it.

We can sublimate it for periods of entertainment, and we may succeed in repressing specific ideas, to be replaced by others... but the only sense of satisfaction or relief we know, is to try and do the things we think about, and try to get the things we want.

Focusing automatically drives us to associate ideas, and then act on at least some of these ideas, to fulfil the sensation of purposeful living. Otherwise we risk the feeling that we are living in a useless vacuum.

So, the overthinking goes hand in hand with our material overdoing and overwanting. And we have learnt to recognise this process as progress, having a purpose in life, and normal.

What we recognise as progress, is actually displacment.

We are not only destroying our environment, but also the individuals we are trying to be, with an inappropriate habit, focusing.

We've blind-sided the
paramicPanoramic sensing, the parasympathetic nervous system, and the lower brain. See The Parama Systems for details.
way of sensing – we can't use it to build anything or get anywhere, it plays no part in the mini trauma circle which is the modern 'me' – and it plays no part in our present herd mentality... it's out of fashion. You probably never thought about it before, and, have never tried using it.

We are pathologically focusing, in the sense that we're not in control of it.

Focusing started as fun, it got things done, gave us toys and tools, but the more we used it the more we needed to use it again. We have become overwhelmed by the exponential repetitions.

Nature's Cure

The natural balance for focusing is paraming.

The natural cure for overfocusing is paramic sensing. Paramic sensing automatically stops the displacement.

We need to focus, we need focal points in our life. But all other animals alternate this with paramic sensing. Paramic awareness makes focused activity safe.

To have purpose and activity which is conjusive with wholesome living and a balanced sense of self and others, we must balance focused activity with short periods of paramic awareness.

It is a moment of being on the lookout, ready and waiting for everything and nothing imparticular.

Pre-emptive paramic listening automatically stops the endless thinking process, and paravision shows the world as a whole without any need to do anything to it, except be directly aware and alert.

Every few seconds every other animal interrupts whatever they are focusing on, they stop still and silent for a moment and practice paramic sensing.

Every other animal can stop focusing at will, and they do it easily and naturally.

At those times, animals can't even start to question what they are experiencing, because they have to be alert, and ready to react immediately without a moments' thought. So the mental wheels stop turning for 5 seconds.

And this 5 seconds is all they need to reassure themselves that their lives are safe. It breaks the habit. It interrupts the eternal turning of the mental wheels.

We humans are only conscious of our need for identity and a purpose in life; we think that this will satisfy us and even make us happy. Five seconds is all we need to interrupt the relentless repetitions governing our lives, otherwise all we are doing is satisfying our preconditioning – making our preconditions happy. Keeping our preconditioned habitual wheels well oiled.

The Human Labyrinths

Our experience of life is biased. Our understanding is perverted. We are locked in tunnel vision and tunnel behaviour.

All we can think of doing to solve our problems, is more focusing. We develop clever new abstract theories which we will always need to focus on to learn and repeat. From this perspective, the one pointed, concentrated focusing methods used in many new age meditations are especially ironic.

But this is life as we know it. We don't remember there is an alternative paramic way of sensing life which automatically and immediately stops this endless thinking-doing routine. We are blind to how all other animals use this sense in their everyday life.

Why are we making life so hard for ourselves?

Any individual creature without paramic awareness, would naturally be full of anxiety, often paralysed with fear and stress, a nervous wreck.

To survive without paramic awareness, a species must be either prolific or poisoness.

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