In later sections the lifestyle of hunter gatherer society is discussed - I am likely to be more familiar with what it is like to sleep in the woods and prepare meals over an open campfire than the average modern person. As a child though, it was a high-tech adventure because we also had some packets of “astronaut food” - packets of freeze dried meals that just needed to have water added and eaten if a cold dish, or heated if needed. At the time freeze dried food was a new invention that had been created for use by the space program. Now it is available for some products as a standard grocery item.
What is normal? for my children and I - a pet garden dragon.
The slideshow includes screenshots of my fathers engineering designs and an image of my daughter with a sculpture of a fantasy creature named Alphonse. My mother handmade the critter from her imagination and skill with a pottery kiln, at some point when I was young. We had a kiln in our basement and a black and white photography studio and a machine & wood shop - doesn't everyone? The house has other sculpture and hand thrown pottery on most surfaces and packed in boxes so Alphonse lived in the garden during the summer.
The garden sculpture Alphonse is like a family member for me, if families had pet dragons, or pet garden sculptures. Although, if mine does, then maybe others do too.
What is normal? What you grew up with will seem normal to you, but later in life, whatever you get used to can seem more and more like it was always the norm the longer you are making it your new normal pattern of behavior.
Our brains tend to develop habit nerve patterns that follow a certain order if the initial action is started. Elevated levels of dopamine may be involved in more extreme examples of behavior patterns being followed rigidly as in Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Syndrome and in grooming behavior. (8.23)
Grooming behavior and dopamine was mentioned in the last section, 7.When to report?. The behavior pattern of repetitive licking and stroking or scratching has been studied in animals to better understand the brain nerve pathways that may be involved and the dopamine signaling system that seems to be a primary control. Grooming behavior is a characteristic pattern of licking the backs of the paws and is easily observed in a lab or wild setting.