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Inner systems | Inferred meaning | Decision-making | BehaviorGroup

 

Here is another way to find the academic explanations for how we think, feel and behave. This groups theories, etc. into clusters covering very similar topics (sometimes extremely similar!). Note: you may find theories in more than one place. Another note: This is a very short list compared with all that's out there.  There is also an alphabetic list of these theories that includes alternative theory names that you might not find here.

Inner systems

Motivators

Systems of understanding

Emotion

Memory

Inferring meaning

Attention

Belief

About self

Inferring about ourselves

Avoiding discomfort

Other stuff

About people

 

Attributing cause

Expecting certain behaviors

Other stuff

About things

Attributing cause

Understanding

Importance

Decision-making

Decisions are also affected by inner systems and inferred meaning, of course.

Motivation

Forecasting

Predicting actions of others

Estimation error

Thinking

Conscious thought (or not)

Seeking alignment, avoiding discomfort

Selecting

Evidence

Behavior

Responding to self

Doing contrary things

Seeking confirmation, avoiding discomfort

Responding to others

Conforming to expectations

Acting against expectations

Taking cues from others

Caring or not caring about others

Using others for our gain

Acting against others

Collaborating with others

Other reactions to others

Attempting to influence others

Persuading

Creating trust

Telling lies

Power

Resisting influence

Friendship and liking

Factors that increase friendship

Stages of friendship

Other friendship factors

Responding to events

Other general behavior stuff

Group behavior

Conforming

Group decision

Making extreme decisions

In-group vs. out-group

Other group behavior

See also

Academic Theories, Academic References

 

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