Defense Mode is a Mode of Operation of the Bodily Ego. This mode is activated when the physical unit is under environmental, psychological, or emotional stress. When the body is under threat, Survival Mechanisms are activated that provide programmed autonomic response to environmental danger. While in Survival Mode, one or more Survival Mechanisms may be activated.
Defense Mode involves changes in the body's hormonal chemistry that lead to physiological changes in the body, which are subsequently expressed in psychological and emotional changes. Changes may be grouped into short term and long term.
Short Term Changes
- Release of adrenalin
- Modification of estrogen/testosterone levels
- Modification of circulatory flow (blood to the extremities)
- Transfer of control of the physical unit to lower brain centers to facilitate instinctual (i.e. programmed and rapid) response.
Long term changes
- Lowering of CQ
- Neurochemical and neuronal brain modifications
Modern societies and modern economic systems theoretically obviate the need for survival mode. Current technologies can provide for the safety and security of all members of the human race. Thus no individual physical unit needs to experience stress or threat. In this context survival mode is an antiquated and irrelevant feature of the physical unit.
Despite being largely antiquated and unnecessary, survival mode remains a feature of the physical unit. This is because mechanisms of natural selection no longer operate and therefore programming cannot be "naturally" selected out. Note, it is possible conscientiously and willfully change survival programming. Such a task should be undertaken only when danger is eliminated, stress is minimized, and survival is no longer an issue.
Long Term Toxicity
It should be noted that the survival responses of the physical unit are functional only in the short term. Long term activation of survival mode lowers the [[Consciousness Quotient] (CQ) of the Physical Unit, causes difficult to repair changes to brain chemistry, and leads to degradation of the body's physical systems.
Survival Mode roots psychopathology. Pathological responses, toxic behavioral patterns, the presence of Defense Mechanisms, etc. is predicated on the activation of Survival Mode. Reducing pathological and toxic behavioural patterns is thus predicated on deactivation of survival mode.