Deficit Mode

Deficit Mode' is a mode of operation of the physical unit that occurs when most of the available biological energy goes towards protecting oneself from assault, repairing damage, or meeting unmet needs.

Related Terms

Human Development > Active Need Fulfillment, Attachments, Bodily Ego, Defence Mechanisms, Deficit Mode, Disconnection, Externally Directed ARMs, Growth Mode, Healthy Socialization, Internally Directed Arms, Realistic Empowerment, Seven Essential Needs, Toxic Socialization


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.

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.

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, chronic assault, and chronic need to heal, all body systems, and all available energy resources, eventually turn towards satisfying unmet needs, defense, and healing. 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 of needs leads inevitably to neurosis, psychosis, and even physical illness.

Chronic assault leads inevitably to neurosis, psychosis, and even physical illness.

In serious 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 defense and gratification activities 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]