Circuit II

In the Eight-Circuit Model of Consciousness, Circuit II is the “Emotional–Territorial” circuit. From Wikipedia:

The emotional-territorial circuit is imprinted in the toddler stage. It is concerned with domination and submission, territoriality etc.

The imprint on this circuit will trigger one of two states:

  • Dominant, aggressive behaviour. This imprint creates an ‘alpha’ social attitude. Equivalent to the ‘top dog’ position in the model of Fritz Perls, to ‘I’m OK’ in the ‘life positions’ model of Transactional analysis, and to master morality in the model of Friedrich Nietzsche.
  • Submissive, co-operative behaviour. Equivalent to the ‘bottom dog’ position in the model of Fritz Perls, to ‘I’m not OK’ in the life positions model and to Nietzschean ‘slave morality’.
    This circuit is activated by depressant drugs such as alcohol, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. This circuit appeared first in territorial vertebrate animals and is preserved across all mammals. It corresponds to the mammalian brain of triune brain theory. Robert Anton Wilson equated this circuit with the anal stage in the Freudian theory of psycho-sexual development. This circuit introduces a 2nd spatial dimension; up/down.

The first and second circuits both imprint in a binary fashion: trust/suspicion and dominance/submission. Thus there are four possible ways of imprinting the first two circuits:

  • Trusting 1st circuit and dominant 2nd circuit. I’m OK; you’re OK. Friendly strength in the Interpersonal Circumplex. Fire in the four elements model. Sanguinary in the four humours model.
  • Trusting 1st circuit and submissive 2nd circuit. I’m not OK; you’re OK. Friendly weakness. Water in the four elements model. Phlegmatic humour.
  • Suspicious 1st circuit and dominant 2nd circuit. I’m OK; you’re not OK. Unfriendly strength. Air in the four elements model. Bilious humour.
  • Suspicious 1st circuit and submissive 2nd circuit. I’m not OK; you’re not OK. Unfriendly weakness. Earth in the four elements model. Choleric humour.

I will be writing my own expanded description of Circuit II shortly.

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