If after watching the video, which is only a little more than a minute long, you don't fully understand what the video is trying to convey, then read on.
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With that said, in the video there is a reference to the word - "behaviors". Behaviors, in this context, are what most of us know as - “socially acceptable behaviors”.
For those who are not familiar with the term - socially acceptable behaviors: basically, they are the unwritten rules of behavior that dictate: “how we are supposed to act", "how we are supposed to behave", and "what is expected from us".
These behaviors are instilled in us from birth, and because they're "instilled" in us, we can't just shut them off when we want to.
While socially acceptable behaviors likely began with the origination of people, as acceptable behaviors can occur within any group size, it wasn’t until “civilizations” originated and social structures were created, that socially accepted behaviors became widespread and standardized.
Socially acceptable behaviors are supposed to keep society functioning, but they have two major setbacks: 1) they make us "less interesting", and 2) they cause us “stress & anxiety”.
How these behaviors make us "less interesting" is explained in the website MakeMeSexy.com
How these behaviors cause us “stress & anxiety” is explained here, with three different ways:
1) "When we want to deviate" from an instilled behavior, we feel like we are not complying with acceptable behaviors, and that makes us "think" we are doing something wrong - which causes us stress and anxiety. This problem leads many individuals to use alcohol, so they can - so call “loosen up”.
2) "When we do deviate" from an instilled behavior, we tend to experience stress and anxiety from feelings of guilt, stemming from the belief: we did something wrong. Some individuals may turn to drugs to alleviate the stress and anxiety, while others choose alcohol to “drown their sorrows”. If the stress and anxiety becomes overwhelming, some may experience depression, or worse - contemplate suicide.
3) Another way these behaviors cause us stress, is by the expectations imposed on us that we are “supposed to” fit in, to be “socially acceptable”. This issue is especially prevalent with children and adolescents, as their young minds are still somewhat untainted by society’s acceptable behaviors.
That’s three different ways socially acceptable behaviors cause us stress, and if we’re all stressed out, we certainly can’t be the free-spirited individuals - we were meant to be.
We can summarize what we just read about, with one statement - the more behaviors we are expected to comply with, the more stress we have, and the less wild we are.
Now let’s rephrase this statement in a more positive way.
We can basically say the same thing in a more positive way by inverting it:
the more we rid ourselves of socially acceptable behaviors, the ”wilder” we will be.
Now that’s inspiring!
While television, movies, social media and maybe even our jobs and partners played a role, for the the most part, it was likely the individuals who raised us, typically our parents or guardians, who were the ones to instill us with the majority of behaviors we have.
We can’t blame our parents or guardians, as they had good intentions thinking they were preparing us for the “civilized” school system we had to attend and for the “civilized” life we were going to live,
but in reality, they robbed us:
“they robbed us of our precious wild.”
No worries, there’s hope.
Because now that we've identified the problem, we can start on "the cure".
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