Category: General Theory of Behaviour

Psychology and the Paranormal: Exploring Anomalous Experience

This post is from the Preface to my latest book: Psychology and the Paranormal: Exploring Anomalous Experience   [An ESP experiment] “immediately appeals to his [or her] unconscious readiness to witness a miracle, and to the hope, latent in all [people], that such a thing may yet be possible. Primitive superstition lies just below the …

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A General Theory of Behaviour – Principles

I) Agency: The voluntary behaviour of conscious organisms is guided by universal striving for equilibrium with purpose, desire and intentionality. II) Needs Hierarchy: In the hierarchy of needs, Physiological Homeostasis (Type I Homeostasis) is active at level I (Immediate Physiological Needs) and Psychological Homeostasis (Type II Homeostasis) is active at all higher levels from II …

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Homeostasis, Exercise, and COVID-19 Isolation

The Value of Exercise A recent post explored human needs during COVID-19 isolation. The success of social isolation policies will depend on minimizing long-term depreciation of mental health. In this post, I explain the benefits of developing a system of daily exercise to bolster well-being. Exercise is an under-utilised resource that is freely available to …

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Human Needs in COVID-19 Isolation

A Perfect Storm These are extraordinary times. Throughout history there have been plenty of pandemics but the human response to COVID-19 is unprecedented. The world will never be the same again. It is estimated that close to four billion people are living in social isolation during this mother of all pandemics (Sandford, 2020). Unless there is a revolt, policies of social isolation in one form or another are expected …

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A General Theory of Behaviour VI: Wayne Rooney, Imaging and Action

Introspections by the footballer Wayne Rooney address key issues in our theory. This post is concerned with the very same issue: how are thinking, feeling and action directly connected? What do Wayne Rooney and AGTB have in common? “I always like to picture the game the night before: I’ll ask the kitman what kit we’re …

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A General Theory of Behaviour V: Learning, Striving and Inhibiting

In this fifth article concerning AGTB. I describe basic principles of learning, striving and inhibiting behaviour. Among other things, it includes the Law of Effect which was derived from studies with cats. “responses that produce a satisfying effect in a particular situation become more likely to occur again in that situation.” Edward Thorndike, 1898 LEARNING …

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A General Theory of Behaviour IV: Entrainment, Rhythm and Synchronicity

The fourth part in a series about A General Theory of Behaviour. I examine homeostasis, synchronicity and circadian systems in the regulation of arousal, behaviour and sociality.                                                    This is a …

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A General Theory of Behaviour III: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability

This post describes homeostasis as a fundamental principle in behaviour and motivation. The fixity of the milieu supposes a perfection of the organism such that the external variations are at each instant compensated for and equilibrated…. All of the vital mechanisms, however varied they may be, have always one goal, to maintain the uniformity of the …

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A General Theory of Behaviour II: Restructured Hierarchy of Needs

This second post on A General Theory of Behaviour (AGTB) incorporates an amended form of Abraham Maslow’s (1943) motivational needs hierarchy described by Douglas T. Kenrick and colleagues  to which AGTB has added the process of Type II homeostasis.   Modifying Maslow Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was best known for the foundation …

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A General Theory of Behaviour I

The first in a 12-part series about A General Theory of Behaviour (AGTB). AGTB is a new theory of behaviour founded on the principle of ‘Psychological Homeostasis’. AGTB includes 20 principles and 80 associated propositions (AP).   I trace here the history of the theory of Psychological Homeostasis as a universal principle of behaviour. This …

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