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    Default Can people overcome their baser instincts?

    Dr House MD thinks only rarely and most of the time its biology, what do you think?

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    Why overcome them when you can embrace them instead. Learn to enjoy your animal side, and that fury beast will become your best friend



    Seriously, though, destructiveemotional impulses can be control with sufficient discipline, at least for a time. Sadly, most people seem to lack it. In the long run it's best to find an outlet for such impulses, hence the hugging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Dr House MD thinks only rarely and most of the time its biology, what do you think?
    To me the question would be, why would anyone ever want to?

    One can always find a context where just going with who one is works.

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    What is discipline and how does it control impulses? What are emotional impulses? Not being facetious, just interested in how people define these things and their meanings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sLiPpY View Post
    To me the question would be, why would anyone ever want to?

    One can always find a context where just going with who one is works.
    Really? Even psychopaths and sociopaths? Or peadophiles?

    Those ae extreme examples I'll grant but even if you believe in living a hedonistic existence there are compromises to be made or you will destroy yourself.

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    Sufficient will can overcome any instinct, maybe not to the degree that it won't be felt but at least to the degree that it will not be consciously acted upon.
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    We overcome baser instincts more often than not as a species. This is the very definition of civilization.

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    I think there are some things that were simply unnecessary (in the survival sense) to have concious control over and we're ill-equipped to control them, however most people prefer to think they are masters of themselves and have complete control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Really? Even psychopaths and sociopaths? Or peadophiles?

    Those ae extreme examples I'll grant but even if you believe in living a hedonistic existence there are compromises to be made or you will destroy yourself.
    There's nothing to be done for that lot short of electric shock and a lobotomy anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Why overcome them when you can embrace them instead. Learn to enjoy your animal side, and that fury beast will become your best friend



    Seriously, though, destructiveemotional impulses can be control with sufficient discipline, at least for a time. Sadly, most people seem to lack it. In the long run it's best to find an outlet for such impulses, hence the hugging.
    I agree that people need an outlet. If you completely repress, bury, or attempt to "overcome" all of your baser instincts, I think that makes you even more of a nutcase. There's definitely such a thing as allowing the animal or "dark" side too much control, but stifling it completely isn't healthy either.

    One of my exes used to tell me that I should be most afraid of people who attend church several times a week, only watch Disney movies, and appear to be completely without darkness, because those are the REAL psychos. I tend to kind of believe that.

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