Mood Homeostasis in COVID-19 Lockdown

July 29, 2020 An earlier post suggested that COVID-19 lockdowns create a ‘perfect storm’ of vulnerabilities that huge numbers of people, and services, are ill-prepared to manage.  I reviewed the science of human needs as they are expected to play out over prolonged periods of domestic confinement. More details were published in our article in the Journal of Health Psychology. Psychological homeostasis is a natural ability to maintain stability,Continue reading “Mood Homeostasis in COVID-19 Lockdown”

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 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 XIII: Homeostasis, Balance, Stability

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 conditions of life in the internal environment…. The stability of theContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour XIII: Homeostasis, Balance, Stability”

The General Theory of Behaviour XV: It All Started with a ‘Dangerous Idea’

“The stability of the internal environment is the condition for the free and independent life.” Claude Bernard’s statement about the ‘milieu intérior’. The starting point for ‘A General Theory of Behaviour‘ is Claude Bernard’s ‘dangerous idea’, quoted above, the concept of the ‘milieu intérior‘. This idea was put on the back burner for several decadesContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour XV: It All Started with a ‘Dangerous Idea’”

The General Theory of Behaviour XVII: A Redesign for Psychological Science

Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Stephen Hawking It has been said that advances in science come not from empiricism but from new theories. With this thought in mind, A General Theory of Behaviour has the potential – or so I aim to convince the readerContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour XVII: A Redesign for Psychological Science”