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This page Human behavior is part of the human nature series. Illustration: Pollice Verso by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872
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This page Human behavior is part of the human nature series.
Illustration: Pollice Verso by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872
Innocence (1893) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau: Both young children and lambs are symbols of innocence
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Innocence (1893) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau: Both young children and lambs are symbols of innocence

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Human behavior is the collection of behaviors exhibited by human beings and influenced by culture, attitudes, emotions, values, ethics, authority, persuasion, coercion and/or genetics.

The behavior of people (and other organisms or even mechanisms) falls within a range with some behavior being common, some unusual, some acceptable, and some outside acceptable limits. In sociology, behavior is considered as having no meaning, being not directed at other people and thus is the most basic human action. Behavior should not be mistaken with social behavior, which is more advanced action, as social behavior is behavior specifically directed at other people. The acceptability of behavior is evaluated relative to social norms and regulated by various means of social control.

The behavior of people is studied by the academic disciplines of psychology, sociology, economics, and anthropology.

Human behavior (and that of other organisms and mechanisms) can be common, unusual, acceptable, or unacceptable. Humans evaluate the acceptability of behaviour using social norms and regulate behaviour by means of social control. In sociology, behaviour is considered as having no meaning, being not directed at other people and thus is the most basic human action. Animal behaviour is studied in comparative psychology, ethology, behavioral ecology and sociobiology.

Qualities

moral character

A human quality is an aspect of human behaviour typically limited to within the context of society. While love is an emotion, honesty is not, though they are both human qualities. Sin is a quality, while death, for example is an aspect of life not limited to the human condition.

Some human qualities include:

Not all qualities are positive. For example:

See also

animal behavior




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