Love/Compassion: Is it a Voluntary Action or Conditioned Reflex Action or Reflex Action?

Posted: July 17, 2010 in Views

In layman’s terms here’s a quick guide to all these actions:

Voluntary Actions: A voluntary action is basically an action which you yourself initiate by your own conscious. For example, to attract the attention of someone across a room, you may want to wave your hand and call out his name. This action is under the control of the will thus is known as a voluntary action.

Reflex Actions: Reflex actions occur without your own conscious. For example Blinking, Blushing, sneezing.

Conditioned Reflex: A conditioned reflex action is a special kind of reflex action which results from the learning from past experiences or particular stimuli which was originally ineffective in producing the response. In other words, they are either inborn reflexes or learnt reflexes. For example, many people salivate at the smell of good food as they had learnt from past experiences that such smell are associated with good food and they have to urge to want to eat them. Other example is tapping of feet on hearing music.

So what’s your take on this?

  1. Great idea, thanks for this post!

  2. anjul2307 says:

    For me personally, Compassion is more of a conditioned reflex action.
    As far as love goes….i have no take on it…

  3. Very nice article, thanks! I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed. Please keep up posting.

  4. Rijuta says:

    As far as I perceive it’s conditional reflex! Your response time is indirectly proportional to your conditoning

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