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Seek-Or-Shun Response & 5TP

Seek Or Shun Response & 5TP


Seek-or-Shun Response Updated with 5TP


Notes on the Seek-or-Shun Response

  • The paradigm of the 5 Thinking Positions (5TP) allows us to expand the classic seek-or-shun response into its full expression: the seek-accept-ignore-discount-shun response.

The seek-or-shun response processes inputs in the following fashion:

1. Is this a pleasureful or a painful experience?

2. If the answer is “yes” it is pleasureful, then test the degree of pleasure.

3. If the answer is “yes” it is painful, then test the degree of displeasure or pain.

4. If the answer is “no” there is no discernible pleasure or pain, then go back to step one for next stimulus.

5. If pleasure is high, then record strongly and seek strongly.

6. If pleasure is low, then record mildly and seek mildly.

7. If pain or discomfort is high, then record strongly and shun strongly. Also, process as a danger signal and turn it over to survival response system for further analysis and prevention. The 5 survival responses.

8. If pain or displeasure is low, then record mildly and shun mildly.

Notice that there is an infinite loop: step 4 returns you to step 1; that is, the program never ends. The impulse-mind is continually checking for pleasure and pain.


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