Habituation thoughts…

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Habituation thoughts…

The original question posed by the original poster was: Habituation scenario claims…are they real? I believe that some indeed are; but how can we know which? Some resist the idea of proof. Some report things that simply don’t seem possible or plausible. Some tales are outright fiction, like “Conversations with Bigfoot,” and yet some insist they are true stories. Questioning such accounts brings down torrents of wrath. With this new fad, how do we know if we’re being had?

My initial response: We can habituate any animal, including humans.

Follow-up response from questioner: I can totally accept the concept of habituation, and may even have had a mild case of it here on my hill, but I find the accounts of such sites nearly always very unconvincing. Why is that?

My expanded follow-up response: That’s because people tend to think in absolutes, like any addiction, when the source of the addiction dries up the addict moves on. Some people think that habituation is a permanent thing, but it is not. When an animal becomes habituated it is because it has found an easy source for what it needs. However, needs change throughout the year and they can move off to satisfy that need that is no longer being satiated.

We humans do it as well. We can take this dialogue a long way, actually, getting into factors such as acclimation. It is just like with bears, they do not need to hibernate and not all do, it is the conditions and needs that determine whether they do or not.

Let’s look at a scenario. Let’s say there is a Bigfoot sitting in the woods at the boundary of someone’s backyard. As they pass through they find a vegetable garden and perhaps a chicken coup, and nearby is a field of apples and raspberry bushes growing wild or by Man. They have a significant food source for a portion of the year and they decide to stay for the time being.

Let’s say that the human at the home knows this and even continues to feed the Bigfoot in the winter by helping to supply proteins. At some point other physiological needs have to be met as well, like the need to breed, which is a basic physiological drive therefore a need. The Bigfoot will move off to find a mate and may, or may not, come back, for whatever reason like finding another similar site, or settling into its own regimen settling away from human populations.

Or, the Bigfoot may have been passing through to begin with on his way to search for a mate and found his others needs met conveniently so it put off the need to mate because its other needs were being met comfortably and conveniently. Perhaps it took care of its need to mate through masturbation in lieu of having an easy and convenient food source. All primates masturbate and that tends to be an issue in primate research which is why males tend to be kept separate from the visual of females during experimentation. Now we are getting into the Venus Effect but that is a discussion for another time.

The possibilities are endless. They may be ran off because of predatory dogs or other animals moving through the area, like neighbors who are not as friendly to Bigfoot as the human is in the above scenario.

The point is that needs drive motivation, again we can continue this dialogue and understanding needs and motivations and how it relates to habituation just by reviewing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Something I use all of the time in teaching and counseling. When we understand this basic concept of needs satiation we can begin to understand a lot about anyone’s behavior, including other animals besides humans, like Bigfoot, who does have similar primate traits.

– Rhettman A. Mullis, Jr., MS, MHP

 

Category : Bigfootology Field Report

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