The Human Tendencies

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The Human Tendencies

February 2, 2013

Humans were given the gifts of intelligence, love, reason and will. We have the power to modify and adapt to any environment based on our needs. Human beings evolved in a unique way and are endowed with intelligence, instincts and movement. There were three elementary needs to keep us alive: food, shelter and clothing. Our early ancestors found a means to sustain these basic needs on the first day of their existence. The ability to satisfy the need for food occurred because s/he looked, found and experimented with that which was necessary to stay alive. To survive with humanity we are motivated by our tendencies, universal, fundamental, unchanging, inherent potentials at birth which • • • • • •

direct our action allow us to adapt guide our understanding of behavior ensure the satisfaction of our needs put us into contact with the environment and meaningful work develop the physical, social, emotional and spiritual fields in an interconnected way

Deep in mankind is their own needs and tendencies. These needs are valuable to understand as a guide and a parent. The needs and tendencies of mankind place humans in their unique position in the cosmos. A number of scholars assert that the inborn tendencies of humans were implied when the writer of the Pentateuch asserts that “God created man in his image.” The way mankind meets our basic needs allows mankind to be creators in this world. At the core of the creative spark in

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The Human Tendencies

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humans are the universal needs inborn into mankind. The potential that each child is born with is imbued and strengthened by the collective knowledge, understanding, and expectation of their particular culture. There are basic needs in each person which have provided for the survival of the human race. These needs are universal but the expression of these needs vary from culture to culture. The universal needs of man are: • • • • • • • • • •

self-preservation orientation order communication imagination movement/ transportation logical/quantitative processing social connection nurturing self-perfection

The needs of mankind have provided for the rise and fall of individuals, families and cultures. Inside each child are the potentialities to succeed in meeting their needs or to fail in their attempts. The six to twelve year old is beginning to face the possibilities of failure in a society. This realization must be observed as the teacher contemplate the proper way to help the student become successful.

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The way we help children meet their needs in the six to twelve plane of development is based on a thorough understanding of these basic human needs. Speaking strictly of the classroom, if the teacher finds ways for the child’s human tendencies to be expressed and successfully operate, then the teacher has become the guiding nurturer of the child’s potential. Conversely, if the needs are suppressed or their expression is thwarted then the human child will not grow into the full potential that would have been possible. Each culture reaches for its ideal of perfection as defined by their uniquely emphasized areas of the needs of man. To do this a culture finds valued tendencies and encourages people in the culture to meet their needs by utilizing their tendencies. Unfortunately, the tendencies of the individual may not be valued as deeply by one culture as by another. I regardless, the innate drive for mankind to use his tendencies to advance cultures is impressive. Montessori describes tendencies as ‘life forces’ or ‘natural guides’ which drive man towards activities which aid his needs for survival, and fulfilment. Montessori argues that man’s needs are not only physical, for clothing, food, shelter, but also spiritual, culture, are, social networks, the desire to think, explore, reflect and contribution and...
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