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”

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’”

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 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”

The General Theory of Behaviour II: A Redesign for Psychological Science

Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Stephen Hawking It has been said that advances in science come not from empiricism but from new theories. With this thought in mind, A General Theory of Behaviour has the potential – or so I aim to convince the readerContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour II: A Redesign for Psychological Science”

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