We see unhealthy behaviors, therefore, as reactive or instinctual behaviors that come into play at an unhealthy level when psycho/socio/spiritual values and understanding are flailing or insufficiently realized. They are the shields in battle, so to speak, not the real weapon. They can, thus, become weak, inappropriate, invasive, bad, or sick when used as the primary thrust too often, too readily, or too intensely.
These considerations allow us to see that it is the mandate of the human being to stimulate and develop this deeper asset of mental power and acuity. Thus, when it is not the primary attribute driving performance, instinctual responses can become the most reliable or perhaps only strength out of choice or necessity. It is the reliance on these natural, instinctual responses as the mainstay of behavior that is revealed as improper or unhealthy behavior. Because this is driven by a lack rather than a determination, it is more expedient to build what is not there while we fix what is malfunctioning from strain on its design limitations. Filling the deficit can then give a person the strength to go forward with self-determination and self-actualization, not a chronically fragile existent needing to be sheltered from the ravages of life just to survive.