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.
But why were animals our main focus?
Here are two examples from very early on in our practice to illustrate.
Two of our clients happened to be in the construction business in Mumbai. They had to survive in a tough, highly competitive and politically charged atmosphere. One of these individuals felt a deep affinity for a snake, whereas the other could relate to a tiger.
The first client said, that he never does anything wrong, he is punctual and does things in a particular manner and is perfect. He explained that for him to succeed as a builder in Mumbai, he had to deal with a lot of different situations and have a lot of contacts. So we asked him to tell about his work scenario and situation, and the business he is doing. He informed us that business was good and there was no stress. He said that he always got all of the paper work passed for inspection in every property, and he was perfect in his work. We asked him how it felt when others got the paperwork passed before him, and his response was critical to understanding his pattern.
He told us flatly that this situation never comes up. He has many contacts and he does his own groundwork and sees to it that no one else gets the paperwork done before him. He made these statements in a quiet and composed manner but we could sense an underlying tone of menace and threat. There was a strong hint of competitiveness where he would not let anyone else get what he wants.
To understand this further, we asked him what would happen if someone else got the paperwork before he did. He then told us that the person would be in serious trouble, and he would have to take his revenge. When he took his revenge, that person would not even know. This response revealed the specific animal pattern within him, particularly, the reptilian or the snake pattern.
Snakes are ace predators of their ecosystem and yet they kill without any hullabaloo. They are extremely aware of their environment and surroundings and very quiet yet perfect killers.
The second client, a property developer just like the client mentioned above described his situation and said that everyone in the industry knows that he is powerful and he controls the entire industry. People see him as big and strong and are scared of him. So people follow him and he leads them. He continued explaining that no one dares to question him, as he is on the top and everyone is terrified. He said that he was the king of the jungle. His personality matched the tiger. He was an avid wild life reader and also went on several safaris to spot tigers.
What we can clearly observe here is that two individuals from comparable background have very different perceptions of their situation. The client with affinity for a tiger looks at the situation where he is in control. He feels he is strong and powerful, he is threatening and straightforward and his strength is enough to scare people. He felt that he had confidence and determination, he could handle any situation. His weakness was that he always wanted to be in control. As a result he was spending too much bodily and emotional energy for staying in total control. His un-satiable need for being in control kept him constantly on high alert and as a result, he was now suffering from hypertension. This health concern made him so sick that he got throbbing headaches, he could not work well and he felt like he was losing control.
The client with affinity to a snake looks at the same situation but in a way where he has to attack and take his revenge, but not from a position of strength and command. His strength came from his patience, his calculative and foresighted mind which allowed him to patiently achieve his goal. However, he was extremely suspicious. He felt that anyone could take away his deals and his belongings. His suspiciousness made him hyper-vigilant. He was always looking for enemies hidden even amongst his friends and had neurotic fears about being cheated by those closest to him. He harbored strong feelings of revenge against those who had or could betray him. Thoughts of revenge kept him awake at nights. He developed an itch in his legs… he would scratch his legs while he indulged in the thoughts of revenge and suspicion. At times, the itching was so bad that he would scratch till he bled. His suspicious and revengeful nature turned out to be the cause of his neuro-dermatitis.
The animal Within
We gave a list of their strengths and weaknesses to both these clients. The one, who had talked about control and his love for tigers, understood that he had to simply tone down his excessively controlling nature if he wanted to bring down his hypertension. The client, who had shown his affinity for the natural tendencies of a snake, understood that his suspicious and revengeful nature was causing him to have chronic skin complaints. He had to learn to trust and give up his idea of constantly looking for enemies with a view to take revenge – and that such a change in attitude would help him get over his skin complaint.
Both these individuals gained an expanded understanding of themselves as we explained to them about their animal connection. They were happy to realize that we could give them homoeopathic remedies made from the animals they feel affinity to, on the basis of the time-tested homoeopathic law, ‘like cures like’ that the very founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann had handed down to us through his work, books and writings on homoeopathy and they experienced relief and from their sufferings and symptoms much to their joy and astonishment.
We believe, based on the decades of our experience with people who have revealed to us their animal connection, and have received remedies made from animals, that when an individual gets in touch with the animal within him, it helps him to understand his strengths and his weaknesses and understand his positive and negative qualities. This deep understanding frees him up from the compulsive state of behavior that he has adopted. As a result of this awareness, he can act out of choice and not compulsion, and feel free to act rather than react. He is no longer a helpless victim of his state but a free author of the narrative of his life and his own destiny. With confidence and courage he can draw the route to his own health, freedom from suffering and a happy life in which he achieves his goals, and lives peacefully to reach his higher purpose, just as the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann has said,
“In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.”(Organon of the medical art. Aphorism §9)
Mammal themes in patients
Mammals live in herds, groups or families. Even in solitary mammals, the mother provides care and protection to the young ones until they become independent. Mammals provide food and protection to the young ones. Some of them even create houses, like rabbits, mice, squirrels, beavers and humans. Mammals communicate and have strong relationships with each other within the group. This communication and relationships are very important to keep the group together but at the same time it creates tensions andconflicts between group members as to who will lead and who will follow. In these conflicts, the stronger one wins the fight andbecomes the alpha or the leader and the weaker ones follow whether they want to or not. Hence in the mammals, there is a lot of need for company, for group or for support and at the same time there is a need to prove one’s own status within the group.
Human reflection: Humans with a mammal like personality are very friendly and love company. They are always part of a group and they love to live in a large group or a large family. They also enjoy sharing and the exchange that happens in their group of friends or family and themselves. They are very responsible and they like to provide things to people who are dependent on them. On the other hand they also like to receive care or to receive appreciation for the efforts they have put for the group. They like to socialize and party or engage in other group activities.
- Strength – Their strength is that they are very good at team work, maintaining relationships and bonds. They are very good at caring and nurturing for others and keeping the group together.
- Weakness – They are afraid of abandonment and of being forsaken from the group. They do not like to be alone. They crave appreciation. Strong mammal personalities can be very controlling and dictatorial while weak mammal personalities may be suppressed or victimized because of their meek and submissive
Bird themes in patients