The following is a segment of a theory i am working on. these are more like notes then a working thesis. as a martial arts community we seem to go round in circles about fighting and self defense. i am looking for some input and ideas on my thoughts. where are the holes? the overall theory is not about fighting VS self defense but it may help define some concepts. think of this as a crowd/ open source theory experiment. “Primal hierarchy” Originally as a species we used the same dominance hierarchy as other primates, based on violence. “Modern hierarchy” As we evolved and society modernized we developed a new hierarchy based on a value system. We are born with an intuitive knowledge of the primal hierarchy it is encoded within our DNA. Modern hierarchy however is a learned behavior (at least for the present). Everyday society functions with these two models working in tandem, overlapping and weaving in and out of each other. Dominance hierarchy - Wikipedia Dominance Hierarchies When certain individuals and groups fail to succeed at the value based hierarchy they will revert back to the violence based model. Individuals under emotional stress may also revert back to the violence model. All male perpetrated interpersonal violence is an expression of the Primal dominance hierarchy. Criminals function under this model. This means their values, morals and sense of right and wrong are different than the rest of society. Criminals have a hard time functioning on the outside of prison. They do not know how to succeed in the value based model. They say they find the outside world scary. Prison reinforces the Primal hierarchy through like minded groupings. Abject poverty does not create crime. Relative poverty does. The Individual becomes aware of his low social position within the hierarchy. Human behavior is influenced by the dominance hierarchy. When these behaviors are expressed in a negative way we call that a Volatile interaction. Volatile Interaction When two or more bodies that interact have a potential for violence. Using chemical definitions, we can say bodies that are subject to initiate violence (i.e. are functioning within the Primal model) are “unstable”. Bodies that are unlikely to initiate violence (functioning under the modern model) are a catalyst. A volatile interaction does not always lead to a combative event. this is where de-escalation works. When two bodies that are “unstable” interact this interaction is called a Dominance exchange. When one body is “unstable” and the other is a “catalyst” we call this an Assault.