Tag: homeostasis

“Brilliant new book”

Obesity. Comfort vs Discontent     OR    FREELY AVAILABLE HERE  Reviewed by Ewan McDougall: “When I first read David Marks brilliant new book Obesity, there was a story on Radio New Zealand that two thirds of Auckland adults were now over weight or obese and the statistic for children was not much better. You don’t have …

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Psychology Bankrupt?

Is Psychology bankrupt as a science? The majority of theories are wrong, the majority of methods do not work and the majority of studies cannot be replicated. In A General Theory of Behaviour I present a new theory  and the case for a redesign of the discipline. There are several reasons why the most popular …

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“Inspiring book…compelling read”

This inspiring book applies the seemingly simple biological concept of homeostasis to human behaviour.  There is beautiful historic detail about key researchers, whilst considering modern issues such as stress, lack of sleep and addiction. A compelling read, which feels like an engaging lecture, by a passionate and considered speaker. Janine Crosbie, Psychology Lecturer, University of …

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Dyshomeostasis in human feeding

In an environment that promotes widespread body dissatisfaction, angst and depression, homeostatic feedback loops are producing excessive consumption of unhealthy processed foods that over a protracted period causes obesity in large numbers of vulnerable people. Multiple clinical studies in different areas of medicine demonstrate the primary role of homeostasis in healthy functioning and the consequences …

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Homeostasis Theory of Well-being

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); many diseases are directly attributable to defective …

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Stopping the Obesity Crisis

The two people illustrated above, Claude Bernard and Walter B Cannon, discovered and named the phenomenon of ‘homeostasis’.  They couldn’t possibly have ever guessed this, but their ideas could ultimately help to stop the current obesity crisis. Homeostasis is a universal principle of living beings, a necessary requirement for life. Homeostasis maintains equilibrium at set-points …

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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 the […]

Hierarchy of Needs

The General Theory incorporates an amended form of Abraham Maslow’s (1943) motivational needs hierarchy. The diagram shows the hierarchy amended by Douglas T. Kenrick and colleagues  to which in the General Theory of Behaviour is added the process of Type II homeostasis. The first level of the hierarchy for Immediate Physiological Needs already incorporates homeostasis …

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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 decades because …

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Enjoying the Heat

My new book, A General Theory of Behaviour, begins with a story… It is a hot summer’s day. A couple are on holiday at a hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. After breakfast, the couple decide to spend a lazy morning beside the pool sunning themselves, reading and swimming. They go to the far end …

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