Certain human behavioral patterns are comparable to animals in nature
It’s not a co-incidence. It is true with all individuals. It might be obvious in some individuals and not so obvious in others. Animals have several behavioral patterns and mechanisms that allow them to thrive and survive in the animal world. If we think about it, the ecosystem or jungle is very well balanced with every animal playing his or her role in this fine network.
In early stages of evolution, human being, as a species, was an integral part of the earth’s ecosystem. However with time, the human being has learned to take the chain of command in his own hands. Though he is still a part of the ecosystem, he has successfully put a great deal of distance between himself and his surrounding flora and fauna, and learned to rule and subjugate everything. In the man-made concrete jungle of the modern day cities and villages, man has created for himself a bubble from which members of other species are excluded.
However, an astute observer can see that within this civilized, agrarian and industrial ecosystem of farms, cities and metropolis, the human being has adopted animal-like behavioral patterns. Such a mechanism gears up the chances of survival of a human being. He is able to get ahead in the battle of life just as he was able to do so when he lived in close proximity with other species. Look around carefully and you are sure to see countless animal-like behavioral patterns exhibited by humans.
The salient law of the animal world
There are different hierarchies and behaviors that are displayed. There are certain roles for each animal that ensures survival of not only a particular animal species but also the ecosystem as a whole. In the wild, there are predators and prey animals and they live as per a particular social order. The unspoken rules of this irrevocable social order ensures that herd and pack animals get to move around as a group, just as elephants and wolves do and solitary animals have the solitude they need and seek, like large cats. The social orders and hierarchy create certain behavioral patterns in these animals. Amongst humans, we can easily point out aggressors who attack as well as victims who are destroyed by such attacks and are better at following a leader. Some people rule like kings of the jungle and some simply follow. Some people are opportunistic like jackals and sly like foxes, yet some individuals resemble the cows and donkeys, working and slogging very hard but get nothing at the end of the day. Some people are performers like horses and some people like to be free as a bird.
Humans in their concrete jungle!
We adopt various animal behavioral patterns to sustain ourselves in the human society. We took this concept further in our clinic where, year after year for the past two decades, we sat face to face with thousands of our clients, globally, and heard their life stories. We were able to perceive the presence of an astounding range of animal-like behavioral patterns and survival strategies that these individuals had adopted simply as a coping mechanism so that they could live their day-to-day life. The unmistakable occurrence of such animal-like behavior patterns in human subjects led us to give our total attention and thought to the possibility of ‘animal-human connection’. Looking at some of our case-studies, the observer might be surprised as to how much a human being can resemble a certain animal in nature. Quite often, individuals are found to resemble an animal they know nothing about.
In daily conversation we hear people use the phrases like sleazy as a snake, cunning and sly like a fox, or brave as a lion. However, through a detailed interview and the personality mapping process, we can find surprising and amazing patterns of behavior that are similar to various types of animals including sea-creatures, mammals, birds and insects. During the interview, while describing their own behavioral pattern, these clients have no idea that their behavior is mimicking or resonating with the natural behavior of something in the animal kingdom!
In summary, each individual has an inner pattern that can be compared to the pattern of a certain animal prototype or personality in nature. If we can match these two prototypes we can cause harmony and balance, mentally, physically and emotionally.
The feeding habits of different animals in the wild relates to the way in which we humans choose careers in order to succeed. For example, grazers and browsers like giraffes, buffaloes, horses, and deer compare with people who choose to be in a progressive, safe and consistent position at work without the threat of change.
Highly ambitious, competitive, aggressive and strong go – getters would compare more with big predatory animal patterns like lions, tigers, cheetahs, eagles, hawks, polar bears, snakes and crocodiles.
The way a human being survives in the society also gives strong clues to the animal that he can be compared to. The need for support, company, space, or the sensitivity to loneliness, are all common features of human existence which can match to a counterpart in the animal world. People who are good at working in a team would compare with herd or pack-mentality animals. Solitary workers would compare with the cat family or mongoose family of animals.
Another example is how a human being adapts in difficult situations. Does he fight upfront, hide, attack or simply run away? These defensive characteristics also speak about which animal the person relates to.
Sexuality, for human beings, has important social functions including creation of physical intimacy, bonds and hierarchies along with optimum opportunities for reproduction. In this regard, a person’s dress style, choice of colors and patterns, his faithfulness to his partner or his infidelities, all these give hints about his connection to an animal in nature.
People with close connection to birds like the parakeet and the macaw, enjoy bright, vibrant and contrasting colors. People with affinity for albatross appear to like soothing colors in the tone of white and grey. A connection to lizards and some other insects motivate a person to wear earth– color clothes that help him blend in and be inconspicuous. However, he may also love to shock and surprise people from time to time with gaudy, loud and screaming colors in his choice of clothes. While individuals with connection to goat, sheep, cow, horse, wolf and dog are very loyal and faithful in their relationships, the elk, and several feline personalities are flirtatious and prefer to explore more possibilities when it comes to partners and relationships. The above examples give only a brief glimpse into the animal-human connection.
Man a social animal
It is not a mere co-incidence or an accident that human beings exhibit behavior, coping mechanisms, strong empathy or dislike of certain animals, and resemble animals in finding their position in the social hierarchy. It is helpful to bear in mind that after all, a man is a social being; an animal and ultimately, a mammal that bears the biological name, Homo sapiens, irrespective of his nationality, citizenship and the color of his skin or his eyes and hair.
We have found in our experience that it is easier for individuals to describe their connection to an animal, than it is for them to give words to their innermost experiences and sensations. To test our hypothesis, we formulated a set of four questions. And we began asking all our clients these questions that would help them to connect to their inner animal pattern at the end of our interview process. People with affinity to animal characteristics picked and talked about the animals they felt closest to. For example, very meek and fearful individuals compared themselves to small rabbits and rodents while aggressive people often spoke about predators like cheetahs and tigers.
Joshis’ Human- Animal connection
As our research into this fascinating aspect of animal-human connection deepened over the years, we accumulated some serious data in this subject area. We initiated a systematic and detailed study of animals and their behavior in their natural habitat. Our research and understanding of animal behavior helped us in spotting a parallel in our clients and their various characteristics, coping mechanisms, and every other detail that we had gathered during the personality mapping interviews.
It was inevitable that we give a solid structure to our decades of research. With this aim, we have created an exhaustive repertory and materia of different animal personalities and the homoeopathic remedies prepared from them, and we have dug up our cases and summarized the client narratives to draw parallels between animals and human expressions.
In our day to day experience with clients, we have seen that finding the animal within helps individuals in understanding their whole personality in a rather new and fascinating light and to say that they are fabulously amazed is to say the least. It feels to them as if they have now found a source of strength in nature that was hidden from them before.