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Thought to Behaviour (TtB): An integrative explanation of human behaviour

Posted May 1, 2017
Adapted from: Source: "Van Someren, R., 2017, Thought to Behaviour (TtB): An integrative explanation of human behaviour [PDF version]. Retrieved from, ISBN/EAN: 9789079641116"

My latest publication on human behaviour is titled:

Thought to Behaviour (TtB): An integrative explanation of human behaviour

(ISBN/EAN: 978-90-79641-11-6)

This booklet may be downloaded from and distributed freely and without a charge, provided its integrity is maintained and all other rights are observed.

Readers are invited to donate any amount of money they choose towards brain & behaviour research.

As its title suggests, the booklet proposes Thought to Behaviour (TtB) theory as an integrative explanation of non-instinctive, non-reflexive human behaviour. Building on existing research, the theory’s main propositions were formed. Subsequently, those propositions were illustrated by examining empirical research.

According to TtB, objects of thought are source initiators of non-instinctive, non-reflexive human behaviour. Ones personal interpretation of the function and consequences of an object of thought is the first derivative of that particular object of thought. Ones subjective attitude towards that personal interpretation is the second derivative of that particular object of thought. Most attitudes are affective, facilitative or assertive. Human behaviour is ultimately determined by the outcome of mutual influence and competition of attitudes that an individual finds relevant directly prior to, or during acting.

TtB covers and supports various existing theories explaining human behaviour. TtB also offers a basis to classify various existing intervention techniques in various applied disciplines within psychology, such as clinical psychology and organisational psychology.

Behaviour change interventions can focus on any stage of the behaviour development process. Most successful seem to be appropriate combinations of techniques, of foci and of delivery modes. In the absence of a proven behaviour change technique for a specific situation, a proposed 10-step procedure could help bring about desired behaviour.

The booklet also briefly addresses commonalities between Thought to Behaviour (TtB) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

TtB relates to all human behaviour, including social and organisational issues. For instance, TtB explains the importance of attitudes in human behaviour. Human behaviour determines organisational behaviour. If one should know the essential aspects of organisations, one might be able to infer organisational members’ attitudes towards those aspects. This might even allow quantification of organisational behaviour. Such quantification might be valuable for diagnosing organisational behaviour and for monitoring and realising organisational developments.

Since this all may come across as vague, in future postings I shall address the Elementary Model of Organisational Processes (EMOP)" explaining the essential aspects of organisations, and the Elementary Model Questionnaire (EMQ) that can serve to quantify organisational behaviour.

Keywords: human behaviour, Thought to Behaviour (TtB), behavioural change techniques, objects of thought, interpretation, attitude.

For more information about donating towards brain & behaviour research, you may contact any of the following institutes, or any other generally approved institute for brain & behaviour research.

(The latter is a charitable foundation that focuses on somewhat related research, namely on cerebral haemorrhage and brain tumours. I have added this foundation to this list, because it is a personal favourite of mine.)

The booklet may be cited as:
Van Someren, R. (2017), From Thought to Behaviour (TtB): An integrative explanation of human behaviour [PDF version]. Retrieved from

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