Physical Memory Is Transferable

Can the stress that an animal experiences in its lifetime be inherited by its progeny? Yes

“What explains this pattern? Does trauma lead to suboptimal parenting, which leads to abnormal behavior in children, which later affects their own parenting style? Or can you biologically inherit the effects of your parents’ stress, after all?”

“It may be the latter. In a study that I, together with my colleagues Hiba Zaidan and Micah Leshem, recently published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, we found that a relatively mild form of stress in female rats, before pregnancy, affected their offspring in a way that appeared to be unrelated to parental care.”

“When rats or mice are put under duress, particularly during early development, their second and third generation offspring exhibit behavioral irregularities. Studies have shown that stress to male mice — which are minimally involved in their offspring’s care — also affects their offspring’s behavior, suggesting that “parenting style” is not the issue.”


In my model (which to date is the only model in behavior consistent with the principles of thermodynamics, most especially the Constructal Law, and the laws of motion, and the theory of Common Descent) the mechanics of physical motion serve double duty as the mechanics for emotion. Thus an animal doesn’t distinguish between its physical and emotional equilibrium. Thus, the efficiency of smooth forward motion serves as a metric for efficient emotional flow. Stress is therefore the “heat” acquired as a physical memory of emotional expression that met with resistance. Stress is a force of acceleration that has been internalized and stored because it couldn’t flow smoothly. It is a potential energy that waits for the correct configuration to occur in its environment so as to be released and finally carried to a point of terminus. All aspects of this can take many, many generations to be requited.

In addition to stress being a record of interpersonal interactions, it is also a bodily record of the very ground over which the organism has travelled, an emotional topographic map of both its relationships and physical surroundings as well. Physical memories are transferred not only from individual to individual (this is the real currency in transaction in any interaction between any two animals no matter their species, no matter the context, rather than it being about the adaptive value of their traits in terms of survival or reproductive success.) but also through Time. The thermodynamic nature of emotion with this inverse and equivalent relation to stress, in conjunction with the universality of emotion within all forms of life, means that it is a network form of information so that the flow of organisms integrates in order to form an interconnected system which then serves to improve the flow of natural forces in the environment.

The network function of Emotion becoming Unresolved Emotion on its way to becoming Resolved Emotion, is why an individual organism is a stress magnet, we have evolved to be sponges that soak up stress rather than joy. Stress is cumulative. Stress is our default setting, only by integrating with the network can stress be resolved back into joy, a feeling of weightlessness. (see Starling Murmurations)

One collective mind operating about a common center of gravity, the phase states of hundreds of thousands of states of attraction, kept aloft in counterbalances, held in suspension, all individuals informed at the speed of light by a universal principle of emotional conductivity.

Published March 9, 2014 by Kevin Behan
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 responses to “Physical Memory Is Transferable”

  1. Sundog Fitz says:

    Even though they are used interchangeably, NDT is the first time I have been able to distinguish feeling(physical) from emotion. It is only a dim and fuzzy awareness but it seems to me that they are different but very connected things/experiences. And as we are so often told to be aware of the mind/body connection I started to consider feeling and emotion as it relates to a friend’s dog who was put on anti-anxiety medication at age 10. My friend, who is a social worker and very well versed in mental health issues believes that her dog is dealing with a chemical imbalance that needs to be corrected so that her dog can be calm and relaxed.

    Does the dog have physical feelings of anxiety (heart rate, panting, pacing, whining as if in pain)? Did the dog’s unresolved emotions/DIS build up to the point that there were physical manifestations? If the dog does not distinguish between emotional and physical equilibrium would it be true that anti-anxiety meds do no harm and could in fact help regain the equilibrium?

    I also consider humans who suffer panic attacks and end up in the ER convinced they are having a heart attack, that definitely sounds like someone who cannot distinguish between emotional and physical equilibrium.

  2. b... says:

    I think people who have panic attacks that land them in the ER are actually manifesting a physiological response to their emotional fear. The brain, via the autonomic nervous system, has very powerful subconscious control over our physiology. By turning an emotional problem into a physical problem (like balance on a box), we turn an overwhelming black hole of emotional pain into a finite physical one. This is thought to be the root of most chronic back pain, for example.

    Cutting is a good example of conscious conversion of emotional fear into physical pain, which brings comfort.

Leave a Reply

Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin Behan

In Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
  Natural Dog Training is about how dogs see the world and what this means in regards to training. The first part of this book presents a new theory for the social behavior of canines, featuring the drive to hunt, not the pack instincts, as seminal to canine behavior. The second part reinterprets how dogs actually learn. The third section presents exercises and handling techniques to put this theory into practice with a puppy. The final section sets forth a training program with a special emphasis on coming when called.