what is a behaviour, literally?

A behaviour is any change of an entity with respect to its surroundings. The word behaviour in English language and as defined in science suggests that behaviour is primarily initiated after a trigger. For instance, a driver sees a police car -authority as a trigger- and remembers to put on his seatbelt.

The meaning of the word behaviour in the Arabic language adds an interesting perspective to the word. To understand the meaning of a word in Arabic, its root has to be identified, which is always the past tense verb of this word.

Arabic language is a very complicated language because it’s a very precise language. So i hope non-arabic speakers will find my explanation easy to understand.

In Arabic behaviour means selouk (سلوك – se.louk), the blog title. The root of the word selouk is slk (ﺳﻠﻚ – sa.la.k.), which means ‘(he) chose a path’, thus the word selouk means the act of ‘choosing a path’. It’s a choice of the direction one wants to take. This presents a new frame of mind when discussing behaviour change. Besides behaviour being influenced by triggers, one behaviour can be based on or can lead to many other different behaviours, as the word suggests that behaviour is a whole path to something and not just merely one individual act. For example, studies have shown that making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. Making a bed every morning is a behaviour of choosing a path of order; hence everything aligned to this path takes place.