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Insights on How Animal and Human Psychology Relate

Different behaviors occur not because any one species is better than another. What differs is the environments and what each of us needs to survive and thrive.

DANIEL MARSTON: ‘There are many similarities between all animal species in terms of behaviors… Human and nonhuman animals all are trying to make their way in the world. Behaviors are all geared towards improving an individual’s chances of survival and thriving. Different behaviors occur not because any one species is better than another. What differs is the environments and what each of us needs to survive and thrive.

Nonhuman animals behave differently than humans because that is what their situations demand. What works for humans would not necessarily work for animals. Humans do not understand everything better about what works, they just understand what works best for them in their particular situations. Determining what works is a matter of context, not a matter of what is “better” or “worse”…

Behaviors can best be explained generally by saying that all animals are looking to “survive and thrive” in their environments… Behaviors may look very different across different animal species. Humans, in particular, often look like their behaviors are very different from those shown by other animals. But the truth is that all behaviors, whether they come from human or nonhuman animals, follow very similar rules’. SOURCE…

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