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The Effects Of The Various States Of Consciousness On Behavior

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Consciousness is the state or condition of being conscious. A sense of one's personal or collective identity, especially the complex of attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or a group. There are several different stages of consciousness. Waking consciousness, altered states of consciousness and sleep.
     Waking consciousness is the mental state that includes moving and thinking, along with anything else done while we are awake and alert. Behavior during this period is as normal as it can be. Although behavior can differ
from person to person, although most people go through the relatively same behavioral ...view middle of the document...

All these feelings have different causes but most include interaction with people, television and different chemical balances and imbalances within the a person’s body.
     Another type of consciousness is altered consciousness. There are many

different types of altered consciousness. Daydreaming is one form of this type

of consciousness. Daydreaming is when, due to boredom or mental fatigue, a person enters a dream-like state while awake. While not necessarily bad, daydreaming can be a problem, especially at a time in which it is important to be on full alert, like a security guard, or even a school student . It can cause
a school student to miss something important or not react to a being called
upon by a teacher. Another type of altered consciousness is a drug induced one. Each different type of drug can have a different effect on behavior, depending on the drugs potency and side effects. Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs there are. It’s effects on behavior and personalities are
known by most, whether they abuse it, use it, or neither. Since alcohol is a depressant while being intoxicated, people’s response time, and decision making are effected strongly as the amount of alcohol taken in rises. At a blood-alcohol level of .05%, a person feels good and is a little less alert than normal. At .1%, a person is slow to react and much less cautious. At .15%,
a person’s reaction time is much slower. At .2%, the sensory motor skills
are largely suppressed. At .25%, a person will most likely be staggering and have very bad perception. At .3%, the person is at a semi-stupor. At .35%,
a person is at a level for anesthesia and, depending on tolerance and body weight, could possibly die; And finally at .4% death is likely. People like drinking alcoholic beverages because of the feeling of courage, being care-
free and spontaneous. While drinking, the user may exuberate all of these feelings and act more sexual and aggressive than they normally would. After abusing alcohol for a long period of time a person may become an alcoholic. The behavioral changes can be visible when a person is an alcoholic. The person may become easily irritable, disenfranchised, overly aggressive, and suicidal. The causes of these problems are not only caused by alcohol, but also from alcohol-related health problems including memory loss, decrease in sexual desire, impotence, menstrual problems, liver and kidney damage, cancer, insomnia, and brain damage. There are many other drugs that can cause changes in behavior. With stimulants such as caffeine, cocaine, nicotine, and amphetamines, the user can be more excited, and have insomnia...

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