Basic Instinct

04 Jan

There are 2 ways to get to my office. One is the rather slow scenic route with lesser traffic and the other one is the fast-paced freeway. I choose my trips based on how late I am to the office. So, needless to say that I end up taking freeways when I get to office. When I come back, it is just random. Part of the so called scenic route runs parallel to the freeway. The other day, I decided to take the scenic way and I noticed the freeway was packed and I saw sirens wailing and lights flaring. There must have been an accident, must be a bad one since I could see atleast 3-4 fire engines and a dozen of cop cars. The first thing I said to myself was, “Good that I didnt take the freeway today. Otherwise, I wouldve been stuck in traffic”. I corrected myself the next moment. But, dont we all get those first instincts at sometime or the other.

One could say that the basic instincts are driven by survival or reproduction. But, the following is a different situation in which the basic instinct doesnt point to either survival or reproduction. When I meet a new person, I somehow dont like to interact with certain people, eventhough I may have very little knowledge about them or their character. Though my rational mind tells me that it is irrational, I am not able to help it. I believe in the proverb “first impression is the best impression” because I think we evaluate someone just by that. I wonder what could be responsible for these basic instincts….


Posted by on January 4, 2006 in From AM-KICKING blog


4 responses to “Basic Instinct

  1. BrainWaves

    January 4, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    First impression or Intution about people are there for everyone I think.

    I somewhere read, the intution or that intangible feeling is what we have left from our animal days. So let us better trust that 🙂

  2. Survivor

    January 4, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    Are you trying to say that your first instinct is one of relief in the first para.
    My understanding about instinct goes like this,” any action that is performed without experience and without knowing for what purpose it is performed is said to be instinctive”. When you evaluate a person who you meet, even for the first time, your mind does some thinking and it could be their looks, body language etc or something that could either turn you on or off. I am not sure if that could be called instinct.

  3. Manohar

    January 5, 2006 at 12:26 am

    True, I think there is a subtle difference between intution and information obtained subconciously.

  4. Mindframes

    January 5, 2006 at 6:45 am

    I think that was my confusion..:)… Actually, I picked the title since it sounded hot, instinctively..;)


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