Attachment to compensations
The feeling of insufficiency invoked by the informational vacuum of a sensory area is general and unspecific as it forms in a roundabout way. Perhaps it can be compared to an elusive still persistent feeling that something has been overlooked. One’s feelings tend to hover around something that never crystalizes. Likewise, often it seems impossible to stop thinking about what couldn’t quite be recalled. How can one expel from his mind thoughts that refuse to take concrete shape?
The psychological reorganization following the loss of sensitivity gradually discharges the feeling of inadequacy through different concrete compensatory activities and masks it. The mental reform disperses and disguises the inhibitions that the loss of receptors imposes. The compensations relieve the feeling of insufficiency and the anxiety it causes. As a result they are felt as alleviating and positive, and are pursued with dedication, enthusiasm and persistency. The compensations are experienced as more vital than they actually are. Preoccupation with them is possible.
The compensations lack self-regulation
The compensations do not eliminate the feeling of insufficiency that motivates them because their effects cannot reinstall the absent receptors and sensitivity. The compensations lack self-regulation due to of the lack of informational feedback. They are not controlled by the sensorial experience they replace and are carried out irrespective of their result. The feeling of uneasiness perpetually inspires them and prompts their perfection.
The neurological basis of the compensations is the expansion of the active somatosensory pathways. The increased ability of the brain to deal with the redirected input overdevelops and masters the compensatory faculties. It also sharpens the senses that the compensations employ.
The lack of self-regulation makes the compensations very dependent on the social background. Absence of receptors increases the suggestibility and the potential for bias in their sphere. A blind man can easily be misled. The loss of identical receptors cultivates collectivism.
The compensations are normally overvalued in proportion to the value of the sensitivity lost. Apart from this they lack self-restraint and acquire addictive quality. They can go to extremes leading to obsessions and unsurpassed achievements.
The feeling of insufficiency conjectures the existence of an invisible realm of plenty and stimulates imagination. A feeling of sensorial deficiency results in a perception-like sensation of existence of a parallel reality where the deficiency is satisfied. The feeling of uneasiness lacks self-control. It fires the imagination but is helpless to extinguish it alone. It needs external help and naturally evokes devotion, mythmaking, piousness and superstition.