Are you territorial? You may not realize it, but you probably are. I, myself, can admit to having a ‘turf’. Let me explain. I don’t know how it is for men, but for myself and some other ladies who confided in me, a bathroom can be territorial. I seem to always go into the same… uh, stall. Yeah, that’s right I said it! This seems to mainly happen at work or church… places I frequent. Sometimes I’m taken aback if someone is using my water closet. I’m not ridiculous, I don’t wait for that person to finish, but I do kind of feel out of my element when I’m in a different stall. Once I get over myself I realize how stupid having a terrain is. Yet I wonder, are we all drawn to a certain area? Is it out of comfort or are we eerily similar to our four legged friends with marking our territory?!
So is territory the same reason wars start? Obviously not over bathrooms, but over land, something one country owns and another wants. Konrad Lorenz, an Austrian animal behaviorist, described the competition of territory this way: “If you put together two little boys, two fish of one species, two roosters, two monkeys, they will behave exactly as Mark Twain describes a meeting between Tom Sawyer and a new boy. The first words Tom says are, ‘I can lick you,’ and the inevitable fight ends just as soon as one boy hollers ‘Nuff!’ It’s not a drive to kill another person, but the drive to lick him into submission. It has to do with rank order or territory, and not with a killing instinct’ “. Unfortunately, the people who run wars don’t seem to be as flexible as I am with altering my bathroom stall.