About Natural Instinct and Innate Survival Mechanisms

A survival mechanism is something the body does automatically in order to survive. It’s initiated by the nervous and endocrine system without thinking or conscious control.

Basically how survival mechanisms work is an internal or external trigger causes your body to respond. Chemical or electrical imbalance are frequent triggers from the inside. While on the outside, the source for reacting is typically your senses picking up something that’s dangerous, edible or to mate with.

Natural instinct is an overall general response we all tend to share. Whereas, innate refers to individual differences based on inborn variances, be it genetic, organ or system nuances. For instance, we all tend to be startled by a sudden, unexpected appearance of something huge in our field of vision. That’s natural instinct. The extent your adrenaline rushes in response is innate.

Fight-or-flight response is a prime example of a defense type survival mechanism. When danger is sensed, a more than normal amount of adrenaline is released. This hormone causes a quick and significant change in how your body functions. One noticeable feature of this instinct is a fast pounding heart due to rate and pumping force increase. This adjustment results in more blood to your muscles for strong and speedy action. You’ll probably experience heightened awareness, improved sight, better hearing and enhanced sense of smell as well. These changes prepare you for a fight or to run like crazy.

Hungry? Seems food cravings may be somewhat driven by instinct. High calorie and protein dense food choices ensures enduring energy and strength. The overriding desire to seek and consume this stuff was once an extremely valuable survival mechanism when food was scarce. With so much food available nowadays, this natural means to survive might be partly to blame for the high incidence of obesity.

Why the attraction? Some research found we have an instinctual drive to mate with an immune system that’s complimentary to our own. It’s theorized we can sniff out a partner with immune genes dissimilar to our own. Blending a variety of genes has the potential to substantially broaden the possible innate immune responses for your child, thus boosting their chance at survival. So smell not looks is the natural hook!