Human Behavior

The study of human behavior which is affected by genetics, perceived behaviorial controls, attitude, and societal norms

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Human Behavior

How can you tell when someone's lying?

Although it’s not an exact science, there are a few facial expressions and reactions that could indicate when someone is lying, according to FBI agent Mark Bouton. These giveaways include:

  • Eyes darting back and forth
  • Rapid blinking
  • Closing their eyes for more than a second
  • Looking directly to the right, up and to the right, or down and to the right
  • Fake smile
  • Touching their face
  • Pursing their lips
  • Sweating or blushing
  • Shaking their head
Human Behavior

What is male bondage?

It can mean to enslave a male by force, although "bondage" is used in some groups/communities for a form of subservience that is agreed to.

Police and Law Enforcement
Human Behavior

What is reckless behavior?

Texas' definition:

"A person acts recklessly, or is reckless, with respect to circumstances surrounding his conduct or the result of his conduct when he is aware of but consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that its disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the actor's standpoint."

Human Behavior

What determines whether you are left or right handed?

Scientists aren't entirely sure, although they're pretty positive it's genetic. For a long time, a prevailing theory was that handedness is determined by gene expression in the left or right hemisphere of the brain. However, newer research suggests that even before the motor cortex is developed, an early asymmetry in the spinal cord is actually what determines right or left handedness.

Human Behavior

Is stress a learned behavior?

No; stress is a neurochemical phenomenon which every human is capable of experiencing from birth.

Some people may be more susceptible to stress, and they may learn to have a stress response to stressors when others might not. In this sense, chronic stress about specific things can be 'learned'.

Society and Civilization
Human Behavior

Why do people fight?

Fighting is defined as a conflict between two parties with different views. One of the greatest gifts of humanity is the ability for us to be different. However, this is also one of our greatest flaws.

The human psyche is programmed to be different. This is why teachers, parents, and other adult figures often tell children to "be different". Yet, this causes problems. For years, psychologists and sociologists have been asking "why is this true?" This is also evident in animals. Even if they may be of the same type of animal (i.e. birds), different species will still fight with each other.

In our minds, we are born to think that we are correct in whatever we say or do. This is also colloquially known as "pride". Of course, no one can always be right about everything. Therefore, there will always be another contender. Naturally, our pride prevents us from admitting we are wrong, if indeed we are. As a result, conflicts arise as two people who believe or think differently about a subject cannot both be correct.

This leads us into an argument. The human mind is only capable of withstanding insults and attacks at our pride to a limit. When we are no longer able to hold it in, we lash out, believing wholeheartedly that we were wronged. In contrast, the "offender" would obviously think that they did nothing wrong, and that we lashed out for no reason. This again correlates to how the human mind is programmed to believe that we are always right and everyone else is wrong.

Heated arguments can sometimes lead into a fight. Similarly, heated fights can sometime evolve into a full-scale war.

In most cases, there is a right answer. Because there are over six billion people on Earth, and already nearing seven billion, there is bound to be at least one person who has the answer. It is up to them to resolve the conflict. In a perfect scenario, once this person presents their case, the conflict will be resolved. In reality, this would only be the case if the person with the answer is able to prove their case. Only with overbearing proof will the mind bow to a superior answer. This again correlates to the concept of "pride".

Now, how do pride and being different come together? Imagine a scenario in which there is no provable answer. A scenario in which people will believe in different things and think that what they believe is true and correct. Religion is one of the most perfect examples of this.

In contrast to what most people think, science and religion are actually completely unrelated. They do not always "battle" it out as most envision. Science is the study of facts and information. Religion is the study of the unknown or the unexplainable. Science rarely, if ever, dwells into things that cannot be proven, while religion does. This is why religion is such a large factor in the equation that relates why people have conflicts.

Think about what religion deals with. Gods and other deities. Creation and destruction. Heaven and Hell. What do these things all have in common? None of them can be proven. This is the part of religion that is untouchable by science: God (or gods), creation, and the afterlife cannot be proven nor disproven.

Think back to what pride is about: never being able to admit that oneself is wrong. Even if you verbally admit it, there will always be a thought in the back of your mind that says otherwise. This is the first factor in the equation.

Now think about being different. Greatest feat of humanity? Maybe. Substantial cause of conflicts? Undoubtedly. Now put religion and different in the same context. Is it possible for every single human to be of the same belief system? No. Everyone is born an atheist. That much is true. As a result, religion is a taught belief, particularly from parents. A hidden factor? Children. Children are all about changing. No matter how much a parent wishes their child to be just like them, it will most likely be impossible. The child will eventually grow to become more resistant to the parent's teachings, and as a result, the parent will continue to pressure the child into believing the same things.

Now this leads to another question. Why would this be? Why are children destined to be resistant from their parents? An indirect factor of conflict is the though of being free. Freedom is the most cherished value in the human mind. At the back of the child's mind is the need to be free. The need to not be told what to do. As a result, the parent's teachings are repelled and labeled as "bad". Now, the child will most likely not conform to the same belief after having unconsciously pushed itself away, essentially making the child different. Leading back to the original idea, we now have two essential factors: prideand being different. However, we are still missing one last factor.

The last part involved would be a subject that cannot be proven. As stated before, religion is a great example of this. However, opinion is as well. Who would want to settle for an answer from one person's point of view if they knew the question could never have a truly correct answer anyway? Now the equation is complete:

  • pride + different + subject that is unprovable = CONFLICT

Can this be prevented? Of course. Will it be prevented? Probably not. Psychologists have proven that only when presented with a common enemy, will people begin to unite and oppose the common enemy. Thus evolved the quote, "he who is the enemy of my enemy, is my friend." This can be shown with a variety of modern examples:

Take the United States for example, a country that is the symbol of unity and freedom. Is that what it truly is? At the time of the American Revolution, yes. The colonists disliked what the British government had imposed on them. They took matters into their own hands when they decided to present a universal front and rebel against the British.

Now, what used to be the British Empire and its colonies has now decreased to just the United States. Are there conflicts between the Americans? Yes. An example would be the American Civil War in which two parties with completely different views fought over their pride in what they did and a subject that cannot be proven: slavery. Slavery exists, that is as far as science can prove. Is slavery moral and should it be allowed? That is the question that remains unprovable, as the answer is a matter of personal opinion.

Either way, the South presented a universal front and opposed the North, which also presented a universal front. The physical conflict was resolved when the South surrendered. The North believed that the fight was over. But in the back of Southerners' mind, this may not be the case. Again, as in the American Revolution, the American Civil War divided a large entity into smaller portions, namely splitting the United States into the North and the South, just as the British Empire had been split into the British Empire and the rebelling colonies.

This can be divided even deeper. There is even conflict between states. As an example, Texas and California are major contenders at being the international port hub capital. Although it does not involve actual bloodshed, it is still considered to be a conflict.

Dividing it even smaller would be the rivalry between the two major cities of Texas: Houston and Dallas, which both aim to be the most important of the state. Dwelling even deeper could result in the discovery of conflicts between schools and neighborhoods.

In effect, yes, people can stop fighting if they were given a reason to unite together and present a universal front against a common enemy. The only way humankind could even come close to ceasing their own conflicts, is if an overwhelming force came out of nowhere and only targeted humans, for example: an extraterrestrial invasion. This is where pride will become a good thing. The pride instilled within us would urge everyone to unite and present a universal front that opposes the overwhelming force.

"Be proud of who you are. Don't blend with the crowd. Be different," parents and teachers say. This is very nice and all, but the question is: "to what extent?"

There is one other explanation.

People fight as a means of protecting themself from another person. They fight because they fear that if they love this other person, they will open themselves up to being attacked.

This brings up a question. Will the enemy attack an individual that tries to communicate a peaceful resolution? Three quotes come to mind.

"Someone who gives fear, feels fear himself."

"You can discover what your enemy fear most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."

"The things which we fear the most in life have already happened to us."

I say,

Love your enemy and he/she will love you.

In just the right way. ;)

Human Behavior

What is the foundation of individual behavior?

"Human behavior" is expressed as effect of how we come to self identify, with our body oriented 'sense of self'! "Every decision you make, stems from what you think you are and represents the value you put upon yourself" ["A Course in Miracles", ACIM]! Thus, when a child fails the expectations of their parents, the parents usually project some degree of "guilt" upon the child, and the child internalizes this sense of guilt, into their 'body oriented sense of self'. Thus, whatever degree of, "I am bad, wrong and unworthy" is maintained within the child's psyche, they will as though... automatically express accordingly. Yet, instead of programming, "I am good, right and worthy" into the self images of our children... we ought to seem to go way out on the limb, by parenting with... "I like you and I love you, just the way you were, are and will be"! Thus, their expressions and their decision making, will reflect 'that'. And they will... also automatically, express the kind of behavior that is seen as, "okay, just the way it is"! Lastly, it was Carl Rogers insight on personality, where this, "being okay, just the way the child is", that offers, "a fully functioning child and later, adult". He said, "Unconditional positive self regard, facilitates congruence and congruence is necessary for being a fully functioning person" [Carl Rogers]. Remember also... Dorothy Nolte's famous writing, "Children learn what they live" says in part... "When children live with criticism, they learn to condemn." And to contrast 'that'... "When children live with acceptance, they learn to find love in the world" [Dorothy Nolte].

Animal Life
Human Behavior

What is black people's favorite color?

It can be any colour, depending on the persons personality

Human Behavior

How do you soothe a tongue bite?

In the past when I have accidentally bitten my tongue I have helped it heal by using a good, antiseptic mouthwash.

(2) eating fresh raw pineapple

Social Sciences
English Language
Human Behavior

What are the five subjects of social science?

There are more than 5 subjects that come under 'social sciences'. The 5 most common (generally) are:

- Geography

- Economics

- History

- Psychology

- Sociology

And then there's:

- Politics/political science

- Philosophy & ethics

- Law

- Anthropology

- Criminology

English Language
Human Behavior

What do you call a group of professional people?

A doddering of seniors

A twaddle of Democrats

A condescension of reporters

A kegger of collegians

A trust-fund of peace marchers

A hypervapidity of Maureen Dowds

A gesticulation of Italians

A corruption of Congressmen

A moustache of policemen

A tumescence of pornstars

A shriek of liberals

A waddle of Rosie O'Donnells

A crimewave of Kennedys

A tapper of Idaho Senators

A nattering of elderly ladies

A caring of staff nurses

A nextplease of dental nurses

Human Behavior

Why do girls act aggressive around guys?

It's just a way the say they like you, I've acted like that to a guy before and it's just a normal thing. We want to sound firece, It's a girl thing. But sometimes it's not because of that. Some times it's because girls are annoyed. Try to back off when a girl gets annoyed or aggerssive around ya'. It will let cute girls know that you like them and annoyed girls to say I'm cool.

Human Behavior

Are girls more hardworking than boys?

some are and some are not

Well, it has been noticed that a few more boys get bad grades in general, but that is mostly because of their personality, etc.

It really depends on the way they think about school, and that depends on the adults and other children. The way they were raised makes a difference for both genders.

Boys tend to get obsessed with video games and the such more than girls do, which is one reason why they are more interested in games and not in school, but really they aren't dumb.

In other words, girls are usually pretty hardworking and sometimes more hardworking, but boys can, too.

Manners and Etiquette
Human Behavior

What is essential to successful communication?

The ability to truly listen to what the other person is saying is the primary necessary factor needed in real communication. There is a big difference between hearing someone and actually listening to what they are saying. And with true listening comes the ability to sympathize or empathize, to respond appropriately and constructively, to understand and comprehend, to share and acknowledge and to eliminate any possibility of a misunderstanding of what the other person is attempting to say. Effective communication also requires that one responds to what is being said and asks pertinent questions if needed and lets the other person know that what they are saying is being taken seriously and is important. Effective communication also requires honesty and openness if it is going to be real and true. Successful communication takes patience. It takes being direct and forthright without anger, belittlement, judgment or condescension. Successful communication at times can be difficult if not impossible. But if all parties involved take the time to truly listen to each other then at least there is the possibility for a successful outcome. There are seminars and classes and books and videos by the hundreds on the topic of

successful communication. It is a skill learned and practiced. Most people communicate very poorly which leaves room for much error, many mistakes and embarrassing misunderstandings. Successful communication makes ones life

a little easier.

I hope that I have communicated my answer to your question in a successful manner.

Human Behavior

Do women have better verbal ability than men do?

Women have always been more verbal and overtly expressive than men as a general rule. Men are more introverted, and less expressive about feelings.

Additional informationThe above is absolutely correct. Men were the hunters of ancient times. As such they needed the skills to cover great distances and find their way home. The male spacial perception skills are superior to females because of that need.

Females tended to remain "back at the village", meaning that they remained in the company of other females. To generate the bonds and cultivate the cooperative working environment necessary to maintain a social system, females tended to be more communicative.

Human Behavior

Why are girls more talkative?

Girls tend to be more social and care more about emotions. They have less of a need to prove themselves, and more of a need to connect and bond with others. This seems to be the result of evolution.

Obviously, females are needed to give birth to young, as well as nurture and raise them. To give the optimal chance to the offspring, it is best that the father provides for the family. To help keep a father around, the mother would need to be able to read and respond to emotional cues and be receptive to them. However, that doesn't always work, so a fallback strategy is collaboration. So women can bond with each other and such relationships allow them to do shared tasks together and make do when there are no males involved.

At a more practical level, talking helps form relationships with others and makes boring jobs less tiresome. The idiom of "rumor mill" comes from this. Mainly women work at textile mills, and it is boring, repetitive work, and so they talk and gossip to help pass the time as they work. The supervisors tend not to care as long as the production is good.

Domestic Dogs
Dog Health
Dog Behavior
Human Behavior

What does it mean when a person puts dog mess at your front door and a trial of ashes in your yard?

It means you have terrible neighbors with too much time on their hands. With all the misery on this planet, you would think people would find something more constructive to do. GROW UP WORLD!

Or it could mean that your dog defecated in someone else's yard, and you refused to clean it up. So they put it in your yard to send a message.

Germany in WW2
Human Behavior
The Difference Between

Why do people talk bad about others?

Why people talk bad about meI've wondered the same thing, and couldn't figure out why. But I've found an answer that has given me some peace, and helped me to prevent talking bad about others.

Here's what I found: There are three general motives behind people talking bad about another person. 1. They're talking with someone to solve a problem they're having with the individual, but lack the skill to do it in a kind way. 2. They want to discredit the other person, or cause harm to the other person. Their motive is to hurt, or they feel they must defend themselves from hurt, so they hurt first. 3. They want to be accepted, so they find common humor, evil, etc. to talk about to make themselves feel better.

The first group: They talk about the problem, may go into detail, may exagerate a little, but their motive is mainly to get an idea of how to solve the problem, and not to hurt the other person. They may talk innapropriately, or in a way that may leave a negative light on the person they're talking about, but its not hateful.

The second group: People who talk bad about another person to cause harm: They seem to feel like you have some major impact in their life, and they are scared of you. For example, a friend who feels like her life is determined by how much boys like her will often bad mouth another girl who the boys like more than her - or that she thinks they like more than her. She does this because she feels like she must manipulate the people around her to stay safe. If she took responsibility for her own actions, and her own ability to change, to act, she wouldn't feel so threatened by other people. So usually, people who talk maliciously are really very terrified people. They feel they must manipulate the people around them to be safe. They don't start by changing their own actions and choosing how they feel, they let life around them tell them who they are. Its a very threatened place to live.

Third group:

They people are a combination of the two catagories above. They talk about others because they have nothing better to do. They just talk without considering the people or friendships that will be damaged, its just entertainment.

Bottom line, I found that the more someone is trying to harm and manipulate, usually the more sensitive and insecure that person is on the inside, so much so that they feel the need to control everyone around them to keep their lives stable.

When I find myself talking about someone, I ask myself - if this person were listening to me talk, would I feel honest and respectful of that person, even if what I'm saying is negative? That's my check.

Good luck.

Human Behavior
Psychological Disciplines

Does culture affect individual personality?


Culture provides many of the categories and ideals that individuals strive to adopt (or else to avoid) in their lives. Whether to be aggressive or passive, stoic or easily excitable, independent or collaborative, all of these attributes (and many more) are influenced by cultural images of what successful or interesting or nice people should be like.

Often there are specific images for that person's group (society, ethnicity, gender, class, age, etc). So there are certain ways to have an "artistic" personality and how to be "feminine" and so on, which are often specific to a particular time, place, and social group.

Often the particular categories and attributes are so pervasive it can be hard to perceive them in your own immediate surroundings. It is easier to see them looking back at accounts of historical people or cross-culturally.

Business & Finance
Human Behavior

What is incentive for motivation?

Motivation does not only make your life/work interesting but also gives a new perspective to life. Motivation in itself is an incentive since not many people can even achieve this high of self introspection. Once motivated any goal in your life would seem achievable. No hindrance will be able to deter you in reaching these goals. The key behind the success though is being self motivated. If you are the one who feels that motivation would require extra money, holiday, respect etc then you might as well kiss this important tool in life good bye. Be self motivated and you will pass all the hurdles in growth without even knowing when you did and success will follow you and not the other way round.

Human Behavior

Why do you need to understand human behavior?

All of us are members of human society and we have to deal with our fellow humans, and to do so successfully we need to understand human behavior. However, if you were to find some remote cave that nobody ever visits, and live there in isolation from the rest of the human race, then it would not be necessary for you to understand human behavior.

Human Behavior

What is inappropriate behavior?

Showing your genitals to people who do not want to see them. It is very innappropriate behavior. As is getting on tables and yelling, or yelling in general. You should not do these things unless you know your company personally and are well aquanted with them. Don't fart too.

Leopards and Panthers
Human Behavior

Why do girls travel in packs?

The same reason anyone travels in groups. Without the pack or group support, individuals are vulnerable to every dangerous aspect of life whereas there is perceived safety in numbers.

Human Behavior

What is idiosyncratic behavior?

Something that is unique to you; things that have happened to you due to both internal and external sources.

Human Behavior

Why do people group things?

Because then they can find things easyer and it is simple


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