The respondents in the study ranked elation (X: 6.13) or their tendency to experience extreme happiness to be their foremost problem, followed by superego (X: 5.97) or the conscience or part of the dynamic personal system concerned of civilized control of behavior, irreality (X: 5.87) or the tendency to go wild and inability to control movements and self due to substance influence, defection ( X: 5.86) or the tendency to withdraw from a group, rejecting norms etc. and ego, and pride (X: 5.66) or the introjection of high standards and values for conduct and permanent expression of parental influence.
This implies that inner states encountered by the respondents are aligned to personal matters. This could be attributed to their independence and distance to their native places.
Miscellaneous, jealousy, conflict, emotional change and distrust are their least encountered problems. This could be attributed to the fact that open-mindedness is a principal key to stability and non-violent change.
The Needs Assessment of the Respondents
There are four needs evaluated by the respondents. Each contains variables which they ranked accordingly.
The first five needs along desire for power as craved and ranked by the respondents include dominance (X: 5.23), counteraction (X: 5.11), acquisition (X: 4.72), exposition (X: 4.68) and aggression (X: 4.67).
On the contrary, the last group of needs claimed by the Abraenio students anchored on power etc. are construction, recognition, understanding and achievement.
This implies that there appears a concept of assertion manifested by the respondents as they perform scholastic activities in the academe. Meaning, they are motivated too, by the inspirations and writings of Machiavelli, Aristotle, Mao Zedong and other political giants and philosophers.
Along their needs motivated by affection, etc., sex ( X: 4.32) ranked number one followed by succorance (X: 3.52), nurturance (X: 3.48), defense (X: 2.47) and affiliation (2.28). It must be mentioned that sex does not necessarily mean physical contact between the opposite sex but their ability to inject sex-laden jokes in their conversations. As members of a unique tribe, their ability to help others during trouble, seek encouragement, to keep relationships intact, to aid someone etc are great influencers.
This means that showing admiration, sympathy, love and affection is an important ingredient in the psyche o the Abraenios. This is part and parcel of their identity as Cordillerans.
With regards to needs motivated by desire for freedom etc., play ( 3.18) or their ability to do things unrestricted, enjoy others’ company etc is ranked first, followed by autonomy (X: 2.95), excitement (2.77) and change (X: 2.75).
This implies independence and engagement in recreation which they are used to do in their respective places. It must be noted that mountains, valleys among other natural boundaries are infinite in their localities, hence in their present world, they are somewhat amused seeing in the academic milieu some restrictions and limitations imposed upon them.
With respect to miscellaneous needs, the respondents claimed passivity (X: 5.49) as their most immediate need. Rejection (X: 5.00) is ranked second followed by retention (X: 4.13) and abasement (X: 4.01).
The last four needs classified by them as least preferred needs along this portion include harm avoidance, blame avoidance, sentience and cognizance.
This implies that the Abraenios believe in productive activity, their ability to deal with situations and greatly abhor rejection by their classmates and other members of the academe. Hence, they bring into the line their distinctiveness as Cordillerans.
Behavior and Social Adjustments in their Social Milieu
The most pressing behavioral problem that the respondents viewed was excitement (X: 3.47) which is characterized by their heightened emotional tone as shown by increased reactivity, agitated feelings, movements, speech).
This implies that their “mixing up” with the Ilokanos could be a source of stimulation and pleasure to move on. The difficulty of adjustment could be attributed to diverse cultural practices and orientation.
Other behavioral concerns that they moderately experience include anxiety states (X 3.16) or the feeling of tension, uncertainty, worry, fear, restlessness etc.), social withdrawal (X: 2.91) or the tendency to disassociate oneself to groups, shows signs of opposition etc) and hostility and belligerence (X: 2.82) or the tendencies to be contemptuous, destructive, bellicose and offensive to others, etc.
This connotes that the psyche of the Abraenios enrolled in Ilokano mainstream universities is largely banked and anchored on emotional, social and psychological concerns. This could be attributed to the fact that problems do exist when one experiences aloofness and insincerity of friends and acquaintances, hostile environment and difficulty of association. Hence, they might be some aspects that spark suspicion among the respondents towards their counterparts.
Disorientation ( X: 2.53) is perceived by respondents as the least problem that befuddles them. Their unawareness, confusion or lack of proper association for personal identity or status comprise this component. However, it could be deduced that the Abraenios are firm and resolute with their identities as Cordillerans.
This implies that their psyche are well established as to their convictions as people of the mountains.
As to their adjustments socially, the Abraenios enrolled in UNP, they highly practice the following: befriending their classmates and board mates, speaking the lingua franca usually uttered in the school, remaining neutral to issues affecting relationships, learning the folkways, mores and norms of the place and finally, joining associations to enhance their socialization skills.
This implies that considerable amount of adjustments are undertaken by them to be socially acceptable and to avoid socially destructive and volatile situations.
To the respondents, they moderately associate themselves to various groups, work diligently with people of various backgrounds and keep mum to some unhealthy practices of students.
This implies that that there are restrictions and limitations set by them to keep themselves in a distance and become a part of the mainstream society. Their psyche is conditioned to self survival, hence they d the various social fine-tuning.#