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”

Chimpanzees Treat Each Other’s Wounds with Insects, Study Finds

Source: USA Today – World NewsIt has been long known chimpanzees are an evolving and smart species, but have they learned how to use their own … Chimpanzees Treat Each Other’s Wounds with Insects, Study Finds

The General Theory of Behaviour I: First Principles

Thank you for visiting this site.   This site is for discussion of new ideas to advance and unify Psychology as a natural science. Both are only possible by taking risks.  To borrow a quotation from Chuang Tzu: “Leap into the boundless and make it your home! *  This is the first in a series about theContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour I: First Principles”

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: 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”

The General Theory of Behaviour V: Entrainment, Rhythm and Synchronicity

This fifth post in a series about A General Theory of Behaviour examines homeostasis, synchronicity and circadian systems in the regulation of arousal, behaviour and sociality. This is a beautifully engineered system where homeostatic and circadian influences at multiple levels are integrated to permit optimal integration of mediators in the internal milieu and external world.Continue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour V: Entrainment, Rhythm and Synchronicity”

The General Theory of Behaviour VI: Learning, Striving and Inhibiting

In this sixth article concerning the GTB, I describe basic principles of learning, striving and inhibiting behaviour. Among other things, it includes the Law of Effect which was derived from studies with cats. “responses that produce a satisfying effect in a particular situation become more likely to occur again in that situation.” Edward Thorndike, 1898Continue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour VI: Learning, Striving and Inhibiting”

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: A Reset for Psychology as A 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: A Reset for Psychology as A Natural Science”