Human Behavior

Insights into human behavior

Criminal Behavior

Full Text Books

Science & Human Behavior

Verbal Behavior

Psychology & Understanding Human Behavior

Behavior: An Introduction to Comparative Psychology

Personality & Behavior Disorders

Journals

Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Journal of Mundane Behavior

Sexual Behavior

Resources

Behaviorists for Social Responsibility

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Behaviorism Tutorial

Brain & Behavior

Human Behavior & Evolution Society

Behavior Analysis & Learning

Evolutionary Psychology: The Origins of Human Behavior

Classic & Operant Conditioning

Social Psychology Network

Study of Group Process

 

     Human behavior is intriguing.  Understanding the origins and motivations behind your own behavior and the behavior of others will help you be successful in life. Equipped with self knowledge and the appropriate tools, we all have the ability to change our behavior.  This is a simple but critical concept.  The ability to understand why other human beings behave as they do is also an invaluable skill not only for human service professionals, but for everyone. 

Many people judge individuals based solely on their overt behaviors.   Without understanding the motivations and/or intentions behind a behavior, it is hard to imagine how an accurate moral inventory of another human being can be assumed. 

For those of us working in the fields of human service, it is paramount that we not judge individuals for behaviors  exhibited for which we may have disdain.  Instead, we need to empathize with the human being behind these behaviors and help them make sense of themselves.  Self awareness is half the battle  for those who are at war with themselves and the world around them.

Human service professionals frequently serve as a mirror for those who have lost their way in society.  If we reflect judgment, criticism and anger at someone for behaviors we do not agree with, the opportunity to make a difference in the life of that individual, and anyone their life will touch may be lost.  Rather then reflecting judgment, we need to exhibit unconditional regard for the human being who has entered our life.  It is the responsibility of the human service professional to help clients see, they are not defined or controlled by their behaviors.  As professionals, providing individuals with the opportunity, tools and skills necessary to change behaviors that they themselves may be ashamed of, will never be possible if they do not see the reflection of possibility in our eyes. 

Providing unconditional regard for every human being is an essential component of human service. However it is equally important that professionals do not enable  behaviors which are destructive to individuals, their families, and/or communities.  Holding people accountable for their actions is a professional obligation.  Ultimately, the message remains the same.  Individuals are not defined by their behaviors nor are they controlled by their behaviors. While no professional should falter in treating every client with respect, if their client's behaviors are destructive, and unresponsive to treatment, clients must be held accountable or change will never occur. 

This page contains resources which help to explain  human behavior.  With understanding comes the opportunity for change.  I hope you find these resources useful and use them to improve your life and/or the life of someone else.