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

Welcome to the fourth post about the ‘General Theory of Behaviour’.  The theory holds that psychological homeostasis is a fundamental process in behaviour and motivation. Psychology is here considered a natural science. The General Theory is an attempt to unify Psychology as a discipline that has been chronically disintegrated over its history. The General Theory isContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour IV: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability”

The Fear Motive – Missing from the Model

Capability, opportunity, and motivation to enact hygienic practices in the early stages of theCOVID-19 outbreak in the United Kingdom COVID-19 Milestone Series Extract from the originally published article in the British Journal of Health Psychology (2020), 25, 856–864. Authors: Jilly Gibson Miller et al. Open Access. This is an open access article under the termsContinue reading “The Fear Motive – Missing from the Model”

Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal

From the Preface [An ESP experiment] “immediately appeals to his [or her] unconscious readiness to witness a miracle, and to the hope, latent in all [people], that such a thing may yet be possible. Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight…” Continue reading “Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal”

The General Theory of Behaviour III: Restructured Hierarchy of Needs and Wants

The Needs and Wants Hierarchy is an amended form of Abraham Maslow’s (1943) motivational needs hierarchy described by Douglas T. Kenrick and colleagues  to which this author has added the process of Psychological (Type II) Homeostasis and made other amendments. The theory of motivation is a fundamental building block of the entire GTB. It describes how theContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour III: Restructured Hierarchy of Needs and Wants”

Human Needs in COVID-19 Isolation

A Perfect Storm These are extraordinary times. Throughout history there have been plenty of pandemics but the human response to COVID-19 is unprecedented. The world will never be the same again. It is estimated that close to four billion people are living in social isolation during this mother of all pandemics (Sandford, 2020). Unless there is a revolt, policies of social isolation in one form or another are expectedContinue reading “Human Needs in COVID-19 Isolation”

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”

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”

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 I: Enjoying the Heat

My book, about the 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 endContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour I: Enjoying the Heat”