instincts


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instincts

Complex, unlearned, inherited fixed action patterns or stereotyped behaviour shown by all members of a species. Instinctive responses are essential for survival and the physical basis for these patterns is ‘hard-wired’ into the brain. Much of social activity consists in the complex interplay of instinctive responses and education.
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Several other points of resemblance between instincts and habits could be pointed out.
It will be universally admitted that instincts are as important as corporeal structure for the welfare of each species, under its present conditions of life.
The instincts of an animal are different at different periods of its growth, and this fact may cause changes of behaviour which are not due to learning.
Every instinct of his nature would have impelled him to dash wildly away, had there not suddenly and for the first time arisen in him another and counter instinct.
He neither plays games nor has he the instinct for them.
But how strange it was that the creative instinct should seize upon this dull stockbroker, to his own ruin, perhaps, and to the misfortune of such as were dependent on him; and yet no stranger than the way in which the spirit of God has seized men, powerful and rich, pursuing them with stubborn vigilance till at last, conquered, they have abandoned the joy of the world and the love of women for the painful austerities of the cloister.
And yet you will pay no attention to my instinct against Alfred Inglethorp.
The son inherited a strong instinct for all the fine arts, and though he composed verses before he could write, seemed for years more likely to become a musician than a poet.
My perfected friend," he said, "my parental instinct recognises in you a noble evidence and illustration of the theory of development.
Sir, my instinct told me that those people were assembled there for some bad purpose; and I was reflecting on what my instinct had told me, in the darkest corner of the stable, when a man wrapped in a cloak and followed by two other men, came in.
It is only an instinct on my part, and no doubt the instinct is wrong.
without a husband,--in that degraded and outcast condition to which error is well known to lead; and the world's wife, with that fine instinct which is given her for the preservation of Society, saw at once that Miss Tulliver's conduct had been of the most aggravated kind.