This book provides an innovative foundation for looking at human and social behavior u as a system of purposeful (teleological) events. It uses a systems theoretical approach for the study of these phenomena, and illustrates and extends general systems theory.

Part One develops the concepts of traditional mechanism from which, successively, the concepts of "function," "choice," "goal-seeking," and "purposefulness" are derived, leading to a quantitative formulation of "personality". Part Two provides an analysis of aspects of purposeful behavior and personality, and Part Three explores the interaction of purposeful systems. Part Four is concerned with the study of social groups and ideal-seeking behavior. Finally, structural concepts underpinning the theoretical system are redefined in technological terms, thus demonstrating the non-vicious circularity and interdependence of all scientific concepts.

part I|2 pages


chapter 1|10 pages

On Human Behavior as a System

chapter 2|20 pages

Structure, Function, and Purpose

chapter 3|30 pages

The Individuality of Psychological Systems

part II|2 pages

The Process of Pursuing Purposes

part III|2 pages

Interactions of Purposeful Systems

chapter 9|21 pages

Feelings and Communication

chapter 10|19 pages

Signs, Messages, and Language

chapter 11|17 pages

Models of Communication

chapter 12|13 pages

Conflict, Cooperation, and Competition

part IV|2 pages

Social Systems and Beyond

chapter 13|26 pages

Social Groups as Systems

chapter 14|11 pages

Ideal-Seeking Systems

chapter 15|17 pages

Epilogue: Rounding the Conceptual Circle