Holistic Behavior Model

The Historical models have a degree of validity. However, each alone does not best explain the cause of all behaviors. Yet, most people attempt to explain behavior with a single minded explanation and intervention to match it. Too often concluding, when unsuccessful, the intervention was at fault, but it might be the explanation or belief of the cause of the behavior wasn't accurate.

... if we always do what we’ve always done we’ll always get what we always got.

A model that considers multiple causes of behaviors has been historically created by combining several theories into a Holistic Behavior Model. This model benefited by attributing causes of behavior to multiple sources and provided for a larger variety of interventions - sometimes implemented simultaneously. Research supports a holistic approaches succeeds more often than singular approaches.

While it may not be time to replace a holistic model it may be getting closer with a - Social-cognitive-neuroscience (SCN) approach. This approach attempts to integrate the theories, methods, and insights of social cognition and cognitive neuroscience. The focus is on causes of behavior, each approach is in opposite directions. Cognitive neuroscience moves in toward the brain, describing mental abilities (visual-spatial, verbal, auditory, working memory, ... ) related to the structure and function of neural systems. Social cognition describes mental abilities that move out of the person from the cognitive, and affective forces that motivate social behaviors.

This theory of behavior describe the relationship among forces operating at three levels: the social/interpersonal level which can describe individual experience and behavior, the cognitive level which can describe the mediating processes, and the neural level which can describe the circuits of brain structures that carry out these processes. Adapted from - Kevin Ochsner and Matt Lieberman

I believe the followin illustrates both a holistic and social cognitive neuroscience model.


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