Understanding Behavior: All Behavior is Purposeful
All behavior is purposeful. Whether or not a behavior is considered “appropriate” or “productive,” the behavior has a purpose. Essentially, something is trying to be accomplished with it. For instance, a person may have a hard time saying “no,” to a significant person in their life – seems like a simple situation, right? Whether or not they are consciously aware, they may be afraid of an angry response or hurting the person, or may be concerned about retaliation. Self- protection against threat – real or imagined – becomes a survival priority.
Our behavior originates from deep programming within our organism that is focused on the short-term – simply to stay alive. It generally does not consider the long-term – that is a higher order thought process involving awareness and skill. Read More