An Integrated Theory of Behaviour

Abstract

The objective of the study has been to develop an Integrated Theory of Behaviour,to test the theory on Indian and foreign samples and to test the application of theory in changing, predicting and controlling behaviour. The scientific method for the development of theory stems from the natural sciences and adopted by Bunge and Ardila (1990). The theory put forth many psycho-socio-cultural determinants of behaviour. Genetic factors are crucial in building base for the behaviour to grow in cultivating milieu of psychological, cultural and social factors. Development of Behaviour takes place in the following stages: I stage 0 to 5 years in which culture and tradition of the family (Sanskar and sanskriti coming to the child in the form of child rearing practices in particular culture) give thrust for the development of a unique behaviour pattern of the child. Stage II:6 to12 years besides food and water, safety, health, clothing, and education, are the prominent factors determining the behaviour.Stage III: age 13 to18, sex, power prestige, safety and education are the dominant determinants of the behaviour. Stage IV:9 to 60 years, again sex along with money, power, caste, religion, prestige, quality of food intake, thought process, the organization in which a person works, proverbs, sayings in the society, literature (like Geeta, Ramcharitmanas) and place of residence are the directing force for the development of behaviour.Any behaviour, adequate or inadequate, desirable or undesirable is facilitated and strengthened by reinforcement. Most of the unwanted behaviour is learnt by the individual through Faulty Reinforcement System (a model developed by the author to explain undesirable behaviour in Indian (Dubey,1992) society. We come to the conclusion that the most important determining factors of any behaviour are: Sex, Anger, Greed, Ignorance, Arrogance, Hunger, Jealousy, Money, Status, Power, Family Variables such as; Culture, Caste and Religious practices,Behaviour of Leaders in the organization and Behaviour of Political and Religious Leaders.



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Surendra Nath Dubey, Avadh University, India

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Conference: ACP2013
Stream: Psychology

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