Deficit Mode' is a mode of operation of the physical unit that occurs when one or more the Seven Essential Needs of the Physical Unit are unmet because of either incompetence, neglect, conscious interference, or economic/environmental exigencies. When a physical unit enters deficit mode, lower centers in the brain preempt higher centers and take over control, assuming the power to drive the organism towards immediate needs gratification.
A physical unit in deficit mode creates conditions to support immediate satisfaction of needs. It does this by focusing on the body's energy reserves on Gratification Activities.
In an ideal situation, deficits are acute and satisfaction of needs proceeds as the normal and conscious result of daily activities of the social network. When ideal situations do not apply, daily deficits occur and may even accumulate over time.
When faced with chronic deficit, all body systems, and all available energy resources, eventually turn towards satisfying unmet needs. If you are thirsty and have not had a drink of water for two days your physical unit will do nothing but seek out fluids. The longer you go without fluids, the more desperate will your gratification activities become. Eventually you will devote all available bodily resources to the task of satisfying your need for water. The exact same dynamic applies to unmet psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. These are real needs just like the need for water and when they are unmet the body devotes more and more of its resources to increasingly desperate attempts to meet the needs.
Chronic deprivation leads inevitably to mental and bodily pathology, neurosis, psychosis, and even physical illness.
In serious of cases of chronic deprivation and assault, the physical unit becomes disconnected (see Connection) from Monadic Consciousness). In addition, higher cognitive functions, in particular self awareness, are disabled. The disabling of self awareness is a survival mechanism that allows the organism to pursue needs gratification without concern for [Alignment]], and without reference to moral, ethical, and social standards of behaviour. Serious long term assault and deficit may lead to Sociopathy
It is important to emphasize that even though chronic deprivation can lead to psychopathology, even sociopathy, we should not view the energetic focusing and lack of self awareness that develops as pathological. Energetic focusing and the disconnection of the higher brain faculties is an adaptive response to survival exigencies naturally selected. [expand]
As a final note, it needs to be said that even though the deficit mode of the physical unit is a natural result of environmental pressures, all personal, social, economic, and political efforts should be directed towards ensuring the physical unit never enters into deficit mode. [expand]