Human behavior

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Human behavior refers to the array of every physical action and observable emotion associated with individuals, as well as the human race as a whole. While specific traits of one's personality and temperament may be more consistent, other behaviors will change as one moves from birth through adulthood. In addition to being dictated by age and genetics, behavior, driven in part by thoughts and feelings, is an insight into individual psyche, revealing among other things attitudes and values.

There's definitely, definitely, definitely, no logic to human behaviour.
- Björk, 1993
CONTENT : A - F , G - L , M - R , S - Z , See also , External links


Quotes are arranged alphabetically by author

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  • The enduring assumption that human behaviour is governed by innate morality and reason is at odds with the persistence of human deprivation, inequality, injustice, misery, brutality and conflict.
  • Policies should take account of the emotional dimensions of human behaviour rather than assuming rational action.
  • There's definitely, definitely, definitely, no logic to human behaviour
    . . .
    There's no map
    And a compass
    Wouldn't help at all
  • If you expect the worst from a person, you can't ever be disappointed. Only the disappointed resort to violence. The pessimist, which is another way of saying the Augustinian, takes a sort of gloomy pleasure in observing the depths to which human behaviour can sink. The more sin he sees, the more his belief in Original Sin is confirmed. Everyone likes to have his deepest convictions confirmed; that is one of the most abiding of human satisfactions.

G - L[edit]

M - R[edit]

  • Human behavior is predictable, but, as in physical science, accurate prediction hinges on the correctness of underlying theoretical assumptions.
  • Organisational Behaviour (OB) is the study of human behaviour in organisational setting, the interface between human behaviour the organisation, and the organisational itself. Although we can focus on any one of these three areas, do remember that all three are ultimately relevant for a comprehensive understanding of organisational behaviour. For example, we can study individual behavior without human behavior and explicitly considering the organization. But because the organization influences and is influenced by the individual, we cannot understand the individual's behavior completely without learning something about the organization.
    • Gregory Moorhead & Ricky W. Griffin (1989). Organizational behavior: Managing people and organizations. Boston. Houghton Mifflin, p. 7
  • I discovered long ago that, if you write a book about cats or dogs, everybody loves you, but if you dare to write a book about human beings, all hell breaks loose. It is impossible to write an uncensored, honest book about human behaviour without offending at least part of your audience. If you feel you have a basic truth to tell, then you must tell it and be prepared to suffer the inevitable criticisms.
    • Desmond Morris in: "The Dan Schneider Interview 8: Desmond Morris" at, first posted 2/16/08.
  • Mankind will possess incalculable advantages and extraordinary control over human behavior when the scientific investigator will be able to subject his fellow men to the same external analysis he would employ for any natural object, and when the human mind will contemplate itself not from within but from without.
    • Ivan Pavlov, Scientific Study of So-Called Psychical Processes in the Higher Animals.
  • Psychoanalysis is... an interesting psychological metaphysics (and no doubt there is some truth in it, as there is so often in metaphysical ideas), but it never was a science. There may be lots of people who are Freudian or Adlerian cases: Freud himself was clearly a Freudian case, and Adler an Adlerian case. But what prevents their theories from being scientific in the sense here described is, very simply, that they do not exclude any physically possible human behaviour. Whatever anybody may do is, in principle, explicable in Freudian or Adlerian terms. (Adler's break with Freud was more Adlerian than Freudian, but Freud never looked on it as a refutation of his theory.)
    • Sir Karl Raimund Popper, ‎Paul Arthur Schilpp (1974) The Philosophy of Karl Popper'. Vol. 1, p. 985
  • The study of human nature must have profound implications for the study of history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and politics. Each of those disciplines is an attempt to understand human behaviour, and if the underlying universals of human behaviour are product of evolution, then it is vitally important to understand what the evolutionary pressures were.
    • Matt Ridley, The Red Queen (1993), Ch. 1. Human Nature

S - Z[edit]

  • Since 1978, when a pail of water was dumped over my Harvard friend E. O. Wilson for saying that genes influence human behaviour, the assault against human behavioural genetics by wishful thinking has remained vigorous.
    But irrationality must soon recede. It will soon be possible to read individual genetic messages at costs which will not bankrupt our health systems. In so doing, I hope we see whether changes in DNA sequence, not environmental influences, result in behaviour differences. Finally, we should be able to establish the relative importance of nature as opposed to nurture.

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