In one of his television shows on dog behavior, The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, commented that little dogs that ferociously take on big dogs don't know they are little. It was a show where a chihuahua attacked pit bulls and put them on the defensive. Indeed, the objective situation was humorous (since fortunately the pit bulls did not destroy the chihuahua), as the disproportion of intent and capability in the smaller dog was so huge.
Yet the incidence illustrates one of the apparent features of hormonal drives. They are not perceptions. They are not dimensional in their expression. (Objective-dimensional, objective-nondimensional are my made-up terms and concepts.) They do not represent the reality into which they are pushing the animal. Rage (as anger in situations of possible death), lust (as sex in the situation of possible copulation), famishment (so to speak, meaning hunger in situations of possible starvation), for instance, all motivate action without objective regard for the probability of success. The feedback loop from hormonal affect to object target to perception of effect of hormonal action on target is broken at the point of perception. I assume that the animal must act so quickly for survival that it cannot afford to pause, even briefly, for perceptual measurement of the effect of the initial charge, so to speak, on the object. To survive, it must complete the surprise and follow-through with action. To pause is to die.
Now the question is, are hormonal drives ever objective-dimensional?