HUMAN BEHAVIOR

Human behavior is the population of behaviors exhibited by humans and influenced by culture, attitudes, emotions, values, ethics, authority, rapport, hypnosis, persuasion, coercion and/or genetics.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Maslow's hierarchy of needs

The behavior of people (and other organisms or even mechanisms) falls within a range with some behavior being common, some unusual, some acceptable, and some outside acceptable limits. In sociology, behavior is considered as having no meaning, being not directed at other people and thus is the most basic human action. Behavior should not be mistaken with social behavior, which is more advanced action, as social behavior is behavior specifically directed at other people. The acceptability of behavior is evaluated relative to social norms and regulated by various means of social control.

The behavior of people is studied by the academic disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, social work, sociology, economics, and anthropology.

Links:
ORACLE Think Quest http://library.thinkquest.org/26618/

A Systems Approach to the Study of Human Behavior http://www.edpsycinteractive.org/materials/sysmdlo.html

Leadership & Human Behavior http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leadhb.html

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