Topic I: Two problems, two solutions

Psit, Pbeh Sbeh Ssit


Psit is the (particular) situational problem

Pbeh is the capability needed, the behavioral problem

Sbeh is the step taken (and perhaps made to be taken:)

Ssit is the solved situational problem

Psit may comprise any number of gaps between/among persons/BE* and/or objects. We often sort situational problems into types. (We see four such in the previous section. In Applications [which see] we look at them in the domains of community, communication and cognition, education, and health. Also see avoiding vs. arranging collisions as situational problem types).

Pbeh is trans-situational: This is a problem, due to the Nature of things, that we always have with us, so in this sense all behavior is problem solving – or should have been if we are to be prepared for any situational problem that might arise.

Sbeh draws on both Psit and Pbeh but we are most familiar with it as action, response, means, learned tool and procedural usages (and other practices), culture, conventions, norms and rules, adages. It may be construed as decision making from available alternatives, in which case issues rather than problems may become focal.

Ssit is known for its absence (“failure”) as well as its presence (“success”) There are other outcomes in consequence of Sbeh (e.g. ), but these are better understood in the context of all that Pbeh implies about the Nature of things

* BE: Behavioral entity (Variously: agent, person who, one who, actor, [editorial] “We”, collectivity [e.g., community, corporation]).

All entities are behavioral.

Some entities are more behavioral than others (Compare those who take only one [e.g., orbiting] step in their lives with humans who take many steps – of many kinds).

So, if we want to fully understand behavior – and the Nature of things, which comprises behavior as well as entities – we might well heed the dictum: “Know thyself!” (Self comprising steps as well as body:.)

(c) 2010 R. F. Carter


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