“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 haveContinue reading ““Brilliant new book””

Psychology Bankrupt?

Is Psychology a bankrupt 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 argue for a complete redesign of the discipline. There are several reasons why the most popular techniques used by psychologists to helpContinue reading “Psychology Bankrupt?”

Ontologies of Behaviour Change

The vast majority of people change their behaviour with no external help. They just do it. ‘Experts’ including psychologists offer help when needed and often advocate behaviour change techniques in their interventions. A behaviour change technique (BCT) is any systematic procedure (or a category of procedures) included as an active component of an intervention designed […]

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 consequencesContinue reading “Dyshomeostasis in human feeding”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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