By Nasrin Kapadia

B. A. Psychology

29 October 2021
Medically reviewed by
Dhanashree Padhye
MA (Psychology)
Table of Contents

Nearly every area of existence is influenced by human behavior. The difference between how people see themselves and how others see them is a common source of conflict in the workplace, in families, and in everyday life. This friction manifests itself in the form of disagreements, failure to satisfy others' expectations, and a variety of other issues that many individuals face on a regular basis. All success and failures are based on human behavior. Understanding the fundamental causes of your own and others' actions might help you achieve greater success in life.

In the field of human conduct, cognition is a widely held belief that an individual's thoughts, inner judgment, personal motivations, and other factors influence their action. This theory emphasizes people's internal states, claiming that what they are experiencing, thinking, or battling will eventually influence the behavior that the rest of the world sees. Of course, mental health studies, psychological studies, and other types of research back up cognitive ideas that deal with human behavior. Much of what we see today in the actual, external world began as a thought in a person's mind.

In today's society, several theories of human behavior are extensively utilized and accepted. Understanding these theories, as well as the different forms of human behavior and the variables that drive them, makes a difference. Humans, as a distinct species, will fall into a variety of categories, both collectively and individually. Some people are driven by one thing, while others are driven by something completely else. (Grinker, R.R., 1956)

 Some of the types of behaviors are 

  1. Personality-based:  Personality is a person's one-of-a-kind, integrated, and well-organized system of all their actions. Personality is the sum of one's experiences, thoughts, and deeds; it encompasses all of a person's behavior patterns, features, and qualities.
  2. Physical attributes: attitudes, habits, as well as emotional and psychological characteristics, all contribute to a person's personality. The effect of physiology on physique and temperament, their interplay, and the involvement of the nervous system in the acquisition of personality traits are all examples of genetic influence on personality.
  3. Interest-based:  A preference for one activity over another is referred to as an interest. Expressed interest is the selection and rating of various activities along a like-dislike dimension. When a person freely participates in an activity, their interest becomes obvious (visible).
  4. Although they often coincide or overlap in many instances, there is no required link between expressed and manifest interest. Many people participate in things that they profess to despise, while others may refuse to participate in activities that they claim to enjoy.
  5. Attitude-based: A mental state of preparedness organized through experience that exerts a directional and dynamic impact on the individual's response to all objects and situations with which it is associated is defined as attitude-based behavior.
  6. Emotion-based: Emotions are a condition of being moved, roused, or aroused, and they include impulses, feelings, and bodily and psychological responses. A negative emotional response might result in non-cooperation and non-participation in programs, as well as work halting or even destruction. In a planned change program, the extension agent should pay attention to the client system's emotional state. (Holden, K., Kock, S. and Mohan, R., 2010)

On so many levels, a better understanding of human behavior has been beneficial to society. This is an irrefutable reality, and self-control remains vital despite the definitions, philosophies, and forms of human behavior. When it comes down to it, how you act makes a difference since you are ultimately responsible for your actions. When things are going well and you aren't up against a wall, it's quite easy to behave well and keep your cool. However, it is typically one's actions in the midst of stress, worry, and obstacles that proves to be the most defining.

Self-control is important since it decides whether or not you can remain grounded in the face of adversity. Someone who lacks self-control will have a far more difficult time staying out of trouble than someone who is self-aware. Self-control does not guarantee that you will never be furious. It doesn't rule out the influence of your personality, interests, or attitudes; nevertheless, when you have self-control, you can manage these elements rather than allowing them to control you.

When it comes to human conduct, consequences, whether favorable or negative, are unavoidable. Whether you have good or bad consequences is determined by the choices you make and how you choose to behave. Self-control is the ability to control your actions and prevent bad outcomes that you do not want to experience. There have been numerous instances in which people have reflected on their actions and either wished they had exercised more self-control or felt grateful that they did. (Turner, J.H. and Stets, J.E., 2006)

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