Examples of Emotional Projection in the Wild

Here are some good examples on Youtube of advanced forms of emotional projection and emotional center of gravity.

Persistence Hunting

The Barefoot Professor

Kevin: What’s profoundly compelling to me is watching these hunters get into an almost musical rhythm as they synchronize with the movements of their prey, they pick up the cadence and I believe this internal music is what then informs them as to what their prey is feeling when they lose the actual track and have to feel which way it went. The other striking thing is the reverence and sensual affection they feel for their prey as revealed when it has been brought down, again they have achieved a deep state of emotional attunement by way of the hunt. Hunting is communication, it’s not a competition. My thanks to Donnie for bringing this to our attention.

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Published May 19, 2010 by Kevin Behan
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6 responses to “Examples of Emotional Projection in the Wild”

  1. Heather says:

    Wow, excellent videos. I have always been a (distance) runner, that primal feeling is why.

  2. Donnie_O says:

    I think that part of the human species’ “fear of wild” is the assumption that we are nature’s wimps rather than the greatest long-distance runners in the animal kingdom. We lack the claws, teeth and speed of other animals and so we attribute our survival to our thinking brain. Unfortunately the modern-day running shoe has done a lot of damage to both our biomechanics and people’s drive to run. They’re almost like a corset for our feet (or a halti collar).

    I think that somewhere in the persistence hunt lies the key to how dogs were domesticated. We share a common prey and a similar hunting method. I wouldn’t know how to go about proving this, but when I watched these videos it stirred something inside me.

    Heather: if you haven’t already, read “Born To Run” by Christopher MacDougall. It’s a great book and very inspiring.

  3. AZdogermanstu says:

    Yes thanks Donnie! I have been interested in this and it’s nice to see such a well-done video. I tried barefoot running a few months ago and it was a lot of fun, I should start back up. I’ll have to go on a bare-foot “Hunt” with my dog and see how we do.

  4. Crystal says:

    Hey, there are actually barefoot running shoes!! I’ve been wondering ever since I watched that vid.


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  6. minkysmom(sylvia) says:

    interesting. My little Morgan horse competes in endurance rides barefoot – 50- 60 miles. he is now 14 and I have never had any problems with him going lame. He also has better traction and balance as we negotiate the steeper more demanding trails and terrain than the horses who have steel shoes between their hooves and the ground. IN england there are race horse trainers who are starting to run their turf horses barefoot – way cool. Maybe the horses won’t be complete cripples by the time they are five.

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