“… transforming the inner animal nature …”

“…self-regulation refers to the many processes by which the human {psyche} exercises control over its functions, states, and inner processes. Most broadly, it is essential for transforming the inner animal nature into a civilized human being” (Baumeister & Vohs, 2004).  [Definitions – COMMENTARY]


{psyche} the specialized cognitive, conative, and affective aspects of a psychosomatic unity :mind; specifically :  the totality of the id, ego, and superego including both conscious and unconscious components (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).


[Anns/MW, 07-09-17 @ 12:48PM]

We consider ourselves, “many minds, one brain.”  So, we figure that “human psyche” is somewhat akin to our many minds (19 to be exact).  At least, the concept of having many minds is a workable belief for us and our support people.

We’re thinking that the “inner animal nature” refers to the conscious choices we make through considering options; we make choices, which makes us different than animals, it makes us human.  Animals react to their environment.  I’m thinking this seems true.

We used to understand better the difference between the words, “act” and “react.”  Basically then, we cannot only react to stimuli (by following along), we can act (consider choices/consequences and then decide) by designating a preferred choice.  We jump a chain of events consciously, if we wish.

I’m not good with Freudian, “id, ego and superego.”  I have a general knowledge, that unless the ego gets a handle on the id – all hell breaks loose!  Think this relates to being a “civilized human being.”

It is a toss-up in a Multiple system, which self “acts or reacts” to any given human function.  I’m thinking a Multiple goes through more processes.  Such as the ability to make choices between which self should front and “take care” seems haltered.  It’s doable, but not as easy as one might hope – and certainly one should not be “called-out” by an outsider.  It’s very invasive.

Self-regulation processes – concerning our “various minds” – might be affected by our various levels of ability/inability or “pre-conscious sense of control for each.” It would seem, “functioning, states, and inner processes” could be with practice, better defined/diagramed by a system, or a system with assistance of a helping person.


Baumeister, R. F. & Vohs, K. D. (2004).  Understanding self-regulation: An introduction.  In R. F.  Editor & K. D. Editor (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research of self-regulation: research, theory, and applications.  New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged. 11 July 2017. Retrieved from unabridged.merriam-webster.com

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