There is a basic inevitability to things when we do not pay attention to the consequences of our actions. All things are embedded within
relationships. All things, everything, factually, are determined by things outside itself.
In the first trimester, the nervous system is established in some basic genetic ways. For example, differences between genes in determining variants
of a certain neurochemical are influenced, as just one example, by the amount of cortisol in the mothers placenta during fetal development. Drd4
has a 7 allele variant that basically makes more dopamine in the
brain than the common type. As the article says:
Mutations in this gene have been associated with various behavioral phenotypes, including autonomic nervous system dysfunction, attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, and the personality trait of novelty seeking.
All of these conditions are conditions of hyper reactivity. Whereas in one brain, this sort of action would produce this level of stimulation, in a
brain that produces a DRD4 mutation (determined by excess cortisol) will create the conscious experience of overwhelming emotional arousal. Hence, for
a kid in school, an endless stream of distractions, as every thought that comes into his head is packed with emotional meaning, oftentimes bad meaning
(although, this gene variant may be very beneficial in promoting a subtler sense of awareness) that causes him to reel with anxieties and worries:
this is ADHD, social anxiety, shyness; and even works in the minds of schizophrenics.
All of this amounts to an essentially deeper and more consciousness understanding of our collective influence on one another. If I have a wife, or a
girlfriend, who's pregnant, everything I say and do can be CAUSALLY related to the developing being within her. It may be the mothers moods, but I
may be doing something unjustified and inconsiderate, not realizing her emotional sensitivity during a time of such critical importance: the future
health of your baby! Her diet and, even more globally, her own ability to regulate her own affect (which sets us back to the last cycle of the process
I'm currently delineating) will make some other basic determinations in her child's neurobiology relating to metabolism, immune function, and other
functions that have an indirect impact on the life of the mind.
Within the second trimester to the last trimester, the mothers actual moods begin to affect the child's emotional and psychological well being.
Sounds will mean something just as it means something to all mammals: a loud and aggressive voice and body will produce a feeling of fear and anxiety
in the baby. Evolution has designed us properly: we flee from threat when its present; if not, we fight. But if fight and fleeing aren't possible,
there's the so-called "freeze" response, which nowadays is called dissociation: a biologically engrained response mediated by the vagal-nerve
complex, a bundle of nerves that go from the brainstem to the stomach, which prevents communication i.e. the felt meaning of overwhelming fear and
anxiety, between the emotion producing areas (subcortical and brainstem) with conscious awareness (the cortical frontal lobes). The body therefore
does us a 'solid', it assumes, by sensitizing our biology to the "meanings" coming in from the environment. In the face of a chemical that means
"arousal; fear; anxiety", the body selects the appropriate chemicals. It does this because the environment is the realm of meaning: survival means
responding appropriately in the face of threat. Thus, our body's 'conform' themselves to the "information" coming from what surrounds it. As can
be seen, this is truly a situation of 'oneness'.
Still, we are not even at birth, and so much has already been determined by external factors. The real kicker, though, isn't merely the causal
reality of external events, but the fact that the external events: other people - have themselves GONE THROUGH THE SAME EXACT PROCESS! Loopy loop.
This is basically what we call culture. Seems like we might as well include biology within its tentacles.
At birth, the baby's nervous system is primed to be responsive to the presumed context established by environment dependent factors. Since the
mothers moods and behavior are oftentimes consistent features of her normal personality, the baby will be forced to experience the mind of the person
it has thus far been experiencing "in oneness". Now, on the outside, he is dialectically related with her, and with everyday, becomes more and more
involved with the complexities of social life. In this process we can make out a fractal matter primarily set by the mother, as its the mother and her
regulation which has the most direct effect on the developing fetus - child - and future adult. The mothers 'personality' mixed with the presence of
other influential people, together imprint a 'variant' of the mother. To give an example of this. Say the mother is 'borderline' - struggles to
regulate her affect/emotion, and is vulnerable to explosive episodes of rage, periods of anxiety and depression, and other times is playful and
loving. How can we expect the child's development to go? The episodes of rage predict a tendency towards dissociation in the baby; a softening of
internal arousal, as the external 'negative feedback' creates mini intrapsychic traumas, preventing the expression of certain emotions. Of course,
though, in real life, the mother exists with others, and the others in their relationship to the mother offer their own dialectical meaning for the
child's mind. Say the husband and secondary other in the child's life is a pushover; the mother regularly berates him in front of the child. And
furthermore, the father seems awkward to the child, so that the child begins to identify weakness and vulnerability with his masculinity, and
correspondingly, an overriding power in the reality of the mother.
Influences as the mind becomes more complex move from the strictly biological, to the interpersonal and symbolic sphere of socializing. Since human
emotions organizes human thinking, human thinking becomes stereotyped. Shame is bad, so humans innately ignore and transform the feeling of shame into
something else: a regular act of magic, we turn shame into anger, towards others - what we call projection. This dynamic exists because fear, shame
and anger are dialectically related to one another. We loathe the feeling of shame, though we don't name it as such. Implied in the loathing is a
fear of it. It is humiliating, painful: you don't want to feel it, thus, you're afraid of it. But what comes next is whats called by psychologists
"enactment". We enact by what we do what it is that is motivating our behavior. If I turn my head away from someone who I felt spurned me, I do it
because I felt the shame of not being given positive feedback. Thus, regardless of whatever I tell myself, I act for a simple reason: shame, and anger
directed towards the other for causing us to feel that way.
Biology, Mind, Society, Economics. These things are caught in a tight web which move back and forth between one another. At all times, even now, it
sustains and maintains the dynamics of flow.