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What Influences our Behaviour?

What Determines Our Behaviour?

We can consider our behaviour to depend on factors such as attitude, social norms, core faith, and genetics.

Behaviour is greatly influenced by the attitudes we use on a daily basis, and to degree to which a person has a favourable or unfavourable evaluation of the behaviour in question, how one looks at a situation, and what is expected to be gained from it.

Some behaviour is common, some unusual, some acceptable, and some outside acceptable limits. The acceptability of behaviour depends heavily upon social and cultural norms and is regulated by various means of social control, human society being inherently conformist in nature.

Another important factor is our “core faith”. This faith can be manifested in the forms of religion,philosophy, culture, and/or personal belief . Morals are a factor of core faith that affects our behaviour. Emotions connected to morals, for example shame and guilt, can have a large impact on behaviour.

Behaviour is impacted by certain traits, including genetic, and can include things like intelligence and shyness, that are in part, inherited from parents.  Another take on this is ‘Samskara’ (subconscious impressions), said to be from a previous existence, that influence our present behaviour.

So, can we have any influence on, or alter, our behaviour? – Years of psychotherapy perhaps? Or by coming into the present moment can we have a much clearer picture of what’s in front of us and act accordingly?

If this interests you then take time out from your usual Sunday afternoon and spend a couple of hours in the company of other kindred spirits.
Entrance is free, just pay for your own scrummy cakes and refreshments

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  • John L.

    Very sorry indeed about the Facebook picture. Just went to first meeting today on behaviour. This sounds like a really interesting group and I can't wait for the next meeting is the universe finite?

    May 4, 2014

  • David T.

    Sorry I won't be there today, i'm on philosophy residential. You'll be in capable hands of Robert. Enjoy. David.

    May 4, 2014

  • Anna W.

    Sorry can't make this one look forward to meeting you all next month.

    May 4, 2014

  • Richard B.

    Why do we feel shame?

    April 29, 2014

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