“A classic in the field”

Warm thanks to the following seven endorsers of  Health Psychology (4th & 5th Editions) quoted below: Fourth Edition: “This book has become a classic in the field – sophisticated,  accessible and interesting.   It is of great use to students, teachers and practitioners of Health Psychology world wide.” Leslie Swartz, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.Continue reading ““A classic in the field””

“Absolute joy to read”

Previews of The Health Psychology Reader Click below for a Preview of the Editor’s Introduction and Chapter 1: Matarazzo, J. D. (1982). Behavioral health’s challenge to academic, scientific, and professional psychology. American Psychologist, 37(1), 1. Intro IntroCh1 Reviews of The Health Psychology Reader `This book was an absolute joy to read and offers a comprehensive review of health psychology….Continue reading ““Absolute joy to read””

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 IV: Claude Bernard’s ‘Milieu Extérior’

“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 IV: Claude Bernard’s ‘Milieu Extérior’”

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’”