Stump A Chump

Why are there swings in playgrounds? Or in other words, what makes a good feeling feel good?

Published December 10, 2010 by Kevin Behan
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9 responses to “Stump A Chump”

  1. Same as a teeter-totter. It provides a momentary feeling of weightlessness.

    LCK

  2. Christine says:

    Same feeling I get when I’m canicrossing with The Puppers‼ When it’s good, it’s good♥

  3. PHYLLIS says:

    Motion. The flow of the motion. When in utero we are accustom to slow, rhythmic, linear motion and being in fluid made us feel weightless. The swing provides a similar weightless motion as does a cradle that rocks, a rocking chair etc. This is why babies will settle when rocked, taken for car rides or pushed in a stroller.

  4. Christine says:

    Little brain-in-gut is synced with big brain-in-head so it’s as if you are in a virtual field resembling an elliptical circle. Everything is resonating and all is grounded.

    Then how come you get tummy-tickles going over hills in a car?

  5. kbehan says:

    Our animal sense of self is predicated on our physical center of gravity that we project outwards and then if the system is in flow we enter a state of emotional suspension or weightlessness. So when the “wave action” of the car over a hilly road accelerates our actual physical center of gravity to a more rapid rising and falling that almost but not quite collapses the state of suspension, we feel the “tummy-tickles” as you say. This can continue to elaborate into the higher reaches of the intellect and thereby becomes the psychological basis of thrilling music, or a book or movie. I believe this is why birds love to play on the wing in the wind, no bird gives me more pleasure to watch than ravens doing their synchronized flying, and I think this is also why whales, dolphins and salmon love to breech and crash back to the surface.

  6. kbehan says:

    Right, the object of all behavior is to return to a state of weightlessness, this is the organizing template into which a behavior must fit (otherwise unresolved emotion is acquired deepening the sensation of disconnection) and it not only captures and harnesses energy, but predicts where potential energy is going to be.

  7. Algorab says:

    Because we are apes. No magical thinking required. And even if there wasn’t a ready, comprehensive answer available, it would still not make the emotional hypo you put forth correct.

  8. kbehan says:

    You might want to rethink the human-animal-as-ape model. Apes are only among us behind bars in zoos and research facilities studying how smart they are. Yet dogs live free among us.

  9. Algorab says:

    Kevin, you are an ape. So is every other human being.

    Some apes are behind bars in correctional facilities, though depending on their crime, most eventually get out.

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