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Finding balance in our day-to-day lives is something that many of us strive for. Every day we are forced to make thousands of different choices; from deciding when to get up, what to wear and have for breakfast, to which news channel to watch before getting down to work.
Human behaviour is guided by actions that provide you with a positive result. When this happens, you strengthen that response mechanism like a muscle and are more likely to respond in a similar way in the future. Your behaviour has been reinforced!
But when faced with a range of options, particularly when working from home, how do we respond in the most productive way?
Recently, I shared my story which revealed why working with children with autism was my inspiration. This career choice was my most fulfilling because of the people I had the pleasure of getting to know; a spectrum of capable, fun and remarkable individuals. But, I know that I’m not the only heart-centred professional who feels this way.
Beyond the research, the test tubes and standardised procedures, science is a practice which is conducted by individuals. When individual scientists guide their work in accordance with the attitudes and values of science, their collective work becomes founded on the same fundamental principles. This creates a science with a consistent set of assumptions. It unites like-minded people to pursue a common goal; gaining a true understanding of the world. The Latin translation of the word ‘science’ is ‘knowledge’. Today we are going to explore six attitudes of science and how psychology utilises these to gain knowledge of human behaviour.