From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Let us divide human behaviour into three categories: that which shows great variation across culture; some variation across culture; and little or no variation across culture."--A Darwinian Left (1999) by Peter Singer, p. 36-7
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.
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.
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:
- Behavioral modernity
- Human condition
- Human nature
- Human sexual behavior
- Innate cruelty
- Innate goodness
- Problem of evil
- Masculine psychology
- Feminine psychology