The General Theory of Behaviour XI: Theory of Obesity

This eleventh post takes me back to the beginning – the theory of obesity that led me to design the General Theory. This occurred via the realisation that the theory applied to all behaviour. Inside every one us there exists a tension between comfort and discontent. When we assuage the discontent, we find comfort. WhenContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour XI: Theory of Obesity”

The General Theory of Behaviour XII:Stopping the Obesity Crisis

In this 12th post in the series,  I look at the implications of energy ‘dyshomeostasis’, when normal homeostasis breaks down. Health is regulated by homeostasis, a property of all living things. Homeostasis maintains equilibrium at set-points using feedback loops for optimum functioning of the organism. Long-term disruptions of homeostasis or ‘dyshomeostasis’ arise through genetic, environmentalContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour XII:Stopping the Obesity Crisis”

Anti-Smoking Medication: Why It Should Be Avoided.

Bupropion Buproprion, also known as Zyban and Wellbutrin, is a nicotine-free treatment licensed for smoking cessation. It is claimed that Bupropion helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal and the urge to smoke. Bupropion can be used safely with NRT, the company literature states. An issue to be aware of, if you are contemplating using Zyban, isContinue reading “Anti-Smoking Medication: Why It Should Be Avoided.”

Prudish Facebook Censors Rubens painting of Venus from my Book Cover

My 2016 book on obesity needed a cover. I chose Peter Paul Rubens’ painting ‘Venus in Front of the Mirror’ (c. 1613/1614). Wanting to promote my free, self-published book on Facebook, I set up a Facebook page. I hit upon a problem. Prudish Facebook censored my cover and said I needed to replace it withContinue reading “Prudish Facebook Censors Rubens painting of Venus from my Book Cover”

Stop Smoking Now

If you’re a smoker and want to give up the habit, then Stop Smoking Now is designed for you. The approach involves restoration of homeostasis without nicotine in the body or nicotine replacement, e-cigarettes or any other kind of crutch in the form of medication. The truth is Stop Smoking Now could not only saveContinue reading “Stop Smoking Now”

Psychology as a Natural Science. Part II: Theory

Psychology begins by identifying, observing and taking measures of natural phenomena that can be investigated experimentally and then modelling the findings using theories. Identification of natural phenomena requires terminology and definitions to refer to the same set of psychological processes. Unfortunately, as noted by others, scholars often use such terms in diverse and idiosyncratic waysContinue reading “Psychology as a Natural Science. Part II: Theory”

Psychology as a Natural Science. Part I: Measurement

Psychology has fallen somewhat awkwardly between the biological and social sciences. Suffering existential doubt, and always looking over their shoulders, Psychologists never quite found a place of comfort at the high table of Science.

Psychology as a Natural Science. Part I: Measurement

“I wished, by treating Psychology like a natural science, to help her to become one.” William James For more than a century, Psychologists have struggled to make their discipline a ‘proper science’.  From introspection, to behaviorism and then to cognitivism, Psychology has fallen somewhat awkwardly between the biological and social sciences. Suffering existential doubt, andContinue reading “Psychology as a Natural Science. Part I: Measurement”

The General Theory of Behaviour III: 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 III: Homeostasis, Balance, Stability”

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 [1] to which the General Theory adds the process of Type II homeostasis. The first level of the hierarchy for Immediate Physiological Needs already incorporates homeostasis (Type I).  InContinue reading “Hierarchy of Needs”