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The Sexual Instinct Zone

Like a hot rush, like a loud but pleasant-ish hum in my chest, like energy, sparks, honestly like engorgement. -Jenn, SX Dominant⠀ ⠀ The SX zone is arousal. The feeling of being turned on or crushing. The focus of attention is both scanning and searching while also sending out attracting signals like pheromones; once the attention overhears some intriguing conversation or lands on some big brown eyes it narrows, tunneling on the object of fascination. The attention becomes ab

Social Instinct Zone

“It feels like pulsating and warmth. I’m very aware of all the moving parts and bouncing between them, picking up on everything, trying to weave it together and make sure no one is left behind.” ⠀ - Caroline, SO Dominant ⠀ ⠀ The zone of the Social Instinct feels buoyant, light, open. There’s a wide, pano focus, a bird’s eye view of the relational field. The eyes are soft and playful. The instinct feels flexible, able to scale around layers of the relational field--one-on-one

The Self-Preservation Zone

“In a moment of care, I feel as if I’m basking in the warm sun. In another, when some ache or chill or tiredness comes on, it sends a cold shock through my system. Anytime the weather shifts, I know.” - Angela, SP Dominant Instinct⠀ ⠀ Each instinct has a specific feel in your body when it comes online--an arousal and excitation pattern. When this happens, your perceptual field and focus of attention (literally your line of vision) becomes co-opted by that instinct. Russ Hudso

Am I sexual instinct dominant?

Sexual Instinct dominant people (SX) are intense. They communicate through their eyes and by sending energy through their body language, dress, and probing questions. They move through the world seeking what attracts them and repelling that which is dull, unsafe, or in someway outside of their radar. When caught in the gaze of their attention, you may feel like the only person in the world. As a friend recently put it, “I always feel like I end up saying more than I wanted to

Social Dominant Instinct

The social instinct is so much more than “socializing.” Rather, it is the drive to prioritize our need for tribe, connection, community support, and contribution. ⠀ ⠀ If we take the example of bees and how hives work, the intelligence of the social instinct is that it is able to navigate hierarchies (who’s the queen bee) and know your role in a broader context; each bee is doing their part and knows where they fit in the larger puzzle. ⠀ ⠀ For the social instinct, safety is b

Typing your dominant instinct

What's your “go-to” instinct? We all develop a dominant instinct and it’s our hypothesis that this bias is due to nurture (our environmental upbringing) and less having to do with nature (our biology). Our instinctual attention bias receives the majority of our life energy―"where attention goes, energy flows." ⠀ ⠀ Self Pres (SP) dominant people find identity and safety through preserving their body and external atmosphere. This serves as a kind of superpower, since SP people

Social Instinct 101

The social instinct is so much more than “socializing.” Rather, it is the drive to prioritize our need for tribe, connection, community support, and contribution. ⠀ ⠀ If we take the example of bees and how hives work, the intelligence of the social instinct is that it is able to navigate hierarchies (who’s the queen bee) and know your role in a broader context; each bee is doing their part and knows where they fit in the larger puzzle. ⠀ ⠀ For the social instinct, safety is b

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