|I. relational self|||
|a. brain area||peripheral nervous system & amygdala|
|b. organ system||(para)sympathetic nervous system and nose|
|c. neurotransmitter(s)||acetylcholine & (nor)epinephrine|
|i. psychological construct(s)||all interpersonal social psychological concepts/theories|
|ii. emotional spectrum||aggression-fear|
|iii. diseases||phobias, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD|
|d. developmental stage||3-4 yrs.; belonging (Maslow); pre-operational (Piaget)|
|e. lifecycle stage||infant to school aged|
|f. evolutionary stage||plants through fish|
|g. cosmological stage||planets solidify to beginnings of livable atmosphere|
|h. space-time/info./learning||assessment of danger, survival likelihood in moment, innate action patterns, adrenaline time dilation; short term acquisition-short term retention/behavior change (as fears are extinguishable) & long-term position in hierarchy and phobias|
|i. Behavior||fight & flight, relationships|
|j. person||more or less anxious|
|k. environment||animate dangers|
|l. chakra||3. manipura|
|m. sephirot||7. tiferet – the throne/king|
|o. Freudian concept/phase||phallic|
|p. OCEAN traits||N|
This is the self that fits in the food chain somewhere, both in terms of non-human predators and other humans. This is the self that pop psychologists who justify a system they unfairly benefit from label alpha or beta or now sigma as well. This is the self that experiences time faster or slower depending on the level of (non-sexual) arousal, aka adrenaline levels.
When aroused, the survival instinct activates our (para)sympathetic nervous system and literally can slow down perceived time by speeding up the processing of the environment; this system allows desperate mothers to lift cars and have superhuman reflexes or speed. As an evolved system, it is concerned with fast-moving animal and human objects in the environment and requires only quick identification of a potential threat or challenge and reflexive, fight, flight, or negotiation behavior. It does not need long-term memory or long-term info acquisition, but in self-aware humans with longer-term memories can result in phobias and learned reactions.
Like system 2, though, this third system functions mostly to hone instinctive approach and avoidance tendencies. Unlike system 2, system 3 is the first to have social concerns and will approach creatures at the same hierarchy level for potential negotiation and cooperation.