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  1. #1 Fundamental emotions.. 
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    Is it possible that when broken down to it's most basic level, the fundamental emotions of human behavior are love and fear?


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    It is possible, but not very likely.

    What do you think?


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    Well at first, I severely questioned the fear part. I pulled up a couple examples that could possibly support it, but it's still a work in progress.

    I considered Francois Duvalier, the Haitian dictator in the late 1950's, early 1960's, who ended up creating the paramilitary force, Tonton Macoutes (Bogeyman) who terrorized Haiti killing 60,000+ people. We would consider him evil, but how does fear play into it. I started to think, why did he create this force? And it occurred to me, it's quite possible that he feared losing his power and control, thus initiating a group that would terrorize the citizens, keeping them in check, and keeping his power. Now, what were the reasons for going to such lengths to maintain his power? In an aspect, control over one's environment could be a primitive survival mechanism to enable one to survive more efficiently. Maybe in childhood, Duvalier's loss of control over a situation could have perhaps ingrained such a yearn for it in later life, or... inflamed ego? And/or loss of control = weakness = fear (again, a primitive survival instinct). I suppose how we survive in an environment, and what methods we employ to ensure that survival, depends on that period of time. Comparing a person living 6,000 years ago, to a person living in today's world. Same concept of surviving, only in a different aspect. I think the deeper we penetrate into the psyche of a person/ourselves, different aspects of their behavior emerge.
    Maybe it's not love and fear, it could possibly be love/pleasure and fear/pain. It's a working hypothesis, but I'm interested to hear what you all have to say about it.
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    Another example... a mother killing her children.
    What are the reasons, and how does fear play a role in it?
    Consider Susan Smith, convicted of killing her two boys. It's been speculated that she killed them over fear of losing a relationship with a wealthy local man who wasn't ready for a relationship. It's also quite possible she had mental health issues when young stemming from her stepfather molesting her. There could be a wide variety of reasons, but I'm more concerned with asking the question, "Why?", and then getting to the very core of the matter. Let me know what you think.
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    If I take your first example it seems you have actually made a very strong case for the notion that a desire for control, i.e. power, is the primary motivator for many humans. You could argue that the fear of losing that control is more powerful than the desire for control itself. Indeed, this seems to be what you have argued. However, I see no simple and convincing way of demonstrating which of these two elements is dominant.

    You might find some useful ideas by taking a look at Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs and Hertzberger's Motivators/Demotivators. Although these were developed with people management in mind they have applications well beyond the business field.
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