Instinct, Learning, and Emotion

Instinct, Learning, and Emotion

The intersection between instinct and emotion was noted in an article about working with human instinct in the business setting. It stated that our ancestors that survived in the Stone Age always used their “emotional radar” or instinct, and faced with impending disasters or predators, they came to trust their instincts most of all. Therefore, we should be cautious when considering emotions and instinct to be unnecessary or even detrimental. “That reliance on instinct undoubtedly saved human lives, allowing those who possessed keen instincts to reproduce. So for human beings, no less than for any other animal, emotions are the first screen to all information received” (Nicholson, 1998).


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Mary McFaddenMary has lived in the Sacramento, California area her entire life. Her undergraduate degrees were in Journalism and Music. Upon graduation she worked for small regional newspapers which launched her career in Sacramento’s city government. She worked several years as an aide to a city councilmember, then moved to the Sacramento Police Department where she worked for over 20 years. Mary worked in a unit providing community policing training to law enforcement throughout California and participated in several curriculum development meetings with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She then went on to be a creator and editor for many years of the Police Department’s publications, annual reports and website. While working for the City Council, Mary received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology (PSP). She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree at PSP. Mary’s husband is also a graduate of PSP and they have two grown children. Her education in psychology has been an invaluable part of her professional and private life.

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