Title

Biology and Behavior: A Set-Point Hypothesis of Psychological Functioning

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1993

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1177/01454455930171004

Abstract

This article provides a broad overview of an exploratory thesis designed to enhance an understanding of perturbations and rigidities of psychological functioning a set-point hypothesis of psychological functioning. Historical precedents and parallels with Keesey's set-point theory of obesity are offered. Basic tenets of the hypothesis are detailed, and relevance to clinical behavioral theory is outlined. It is concluded that the set-point hypothesis may provide a framework for conceptualizing clinical cases and optimizing interventions. The thesis appears to be testable; however, the articulation of specific methodologies and research designs must be undertaken before the ultimate usefulness of the set-point hypothesis can be determined.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Behavior Modification, v. 17, issue 1, p. 43-57

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