The General Theory of Behaviour I: First Principles

The first in a series about the General Theory of Behaviour (GTB). We need to start by going back to the basics. The General Theory of Behaviour is a unique new approach to Psychological Science. There are 20 principles and 80 empirical propositions. Here I state the twenty principles that are the foundation of theContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour I: First Principles”

The General Theory of Behaviour II: Psychological Homeostasis – How Does It Work?

In the second in a series about the General Theory of Behaviour (GTB) I trace the history of the construct of ‘Psychological Homeostasis’ as a universal principle of behaviour. The GTB is a new theory of behaviour founded on the principle of ‘Psychological Homeostasis’.  The GTB includes 20 principles and 80 associated propositions (AP). ThisContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour II: Psychological Homeostasis – How Does It Work?”

The General Theory of Behaviour III: A Restructured Hierarchy of Needs

This third post on the General Theory of Behaviour (GTB) 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 ofContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour III: A Restructured Hierarchy of Needs”

The General Theory of Behaviour IV: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability

This fourth post in the series 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, toContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour IV: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability”

The General Theory of Behaviour V: Entrainment, Rhythm and Synchronicity

This fifth post in a series about A General Theory of Behaviour examines homeostasis, synchronicity and circadian systems in the regulation of arousal, behaviour and sociality.                                                    This is a beautifullyContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour V: Entrainment, Rhythm and Synchronicity”

The General Theory of Behaviour VI: Learning, Striving and Inhibiting

In this sixth article concerning the GTB, 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, 1898Continue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour VI: Learning, Striving and Inhibiting”

The General Theory of Behaviour VII: Wayne Rooney, Imaging and Action

In this seventh post I explore the introspections by the footballer Wayne Rooney. These interesting remarks by one the world’s greatest footballers illuminate key issues in the General Theory. They are concerned with how thinking, feeling and action are all interconnected. It is these interconnections that enable us to function as an integrated human being.Continue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour VII: Wayne Rooney, Imaging and Action”

The General Theory of Behaviour VIII: A Reset for Psychology as Natural Science

THE GENERAL THEORY OF BEHAVIOUR Homeostasis, the state of steady internal conditions, is a well-established principle in living systems. Here I discuss ‘Psychological Homeostasis’, a construct which gives rise to three ‘big ideas’: a new general theory of behaviour; an alternative theory of evolution; and unifying Psychology as part of natural science. My aim isContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour VIII: A Reset for Psychology as Natural Science”

The General Theory of Behaviour X: Homeostasis Theory of Well-being

In this tenth post, I assert that homeostasis is a singular unifying principle for all living beings. Homeostasis operates at all levels of nature in every living system: in molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, societies, ecosystems and the planet as a whole (Lovelock, 2009). Tissue homeostasis regulates the birth (mitosis) and death of cells (apoptosis);Continue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour X: Homeostasis Theory of Well-being”