Book Reviews: A Three-Dimensional Model of Human Behavior By Michael Pak, M.D.

Book reviews - A Three-Dimensional Model of Human BehaviorWhat does The Life of Pi, the O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson trials, The Care and Feeding of Husbands, the cause of 9-11, the tactics used in the war in Iraq, Ghandi and Indian Independence, and Martin Luther King and the U.S. civil rights movement have in common? The people who were authors, preachers, speakers, Jury consultants, or radio hosts listed above used, developed, or built on models of under- standing, influencing, and/or predicting human behavior to make the world a better and safer place. If you want to understand and influence human behavior, whether you’re a student, teacher, scientist, diplomat, social activist, psychologist, M.D., politician, or just want to change your community for the better, you need to read “A Three Dimensional Model of Human Behavior by Michael Pak, M.D. –the only book about predicting human behavior based on a U.S. Patent (2003)

Based on his experience in living in different parts of the world, Dr. Pak uses fictitious lively characters to illustrate various modes of behavior. Students and teachers of the behavioral sciences will find useful insights and a new angle on predicting human behavior while the general public will be entertained, informed, and find simple stories and illustrative graphs about common human misunderstandings no matter what culture one’s from or working with, and a models to immediately implement in their lives.

Ariela Wilcox
Editorial Review

This work represents a series of illustrations that describe a model of human behavior. The author contends that a linear connection exists between the quantity of observed cooperation or antagonistic behavior on one hand, and relationships [between people] on the other hand. While he describes this linear relationship as being universal, the zero value on the diagram moves depending on the particular culture, which causes the culture to become “right-shifted” or “left-shifted.”

“Left-shifted” cultures are characterized by aggressive behavior which members of these cultures do not see as representing strong hostility. In “right-shifted” cultures, less passionate actions are the rule, and members of such cultures tend to misinterpret “left-shifted” behaviors, assigning them excessive meanings on the “friendship-hate” scale.

The author uses his model to describe another type of behavior: “right-shifted cultures tend to express friendship or antagonism in an indirect, covert manner.” Therefore, his model requires another axis [Z axis], that contains indirect and covert behavior. One manifestation of the third dimension is conspiracy… He further describes the potential problems caused by clashes between “right-shifted” and “left-shifted” cultures.

The author concludes his book with a claim that “the model can likely be used with a high degree of certainty to predict the probability of behavior types (cooperative, neutral, hostile, direct, indirect) and their magnitude.” It should be noted that these conclusions, although only nominal, represent an accurate and brilliant description of the phenomenon.

T. A. Rebeko, PhD

Although Dr. Pak, a physician by training, is not a social psychologist, he offers an interesting set of his own views, an illustration of dynamics of interpersonal and inter-group relations. In this book, he contends that human behavior among individuals and groups, in all its diversity, can be explained through a “three-dimensional model of behavior.” The author believes that interactions and relationships between people (groups and states) are a linear phenomenon which depends, on one hand, on the perception or interpretation of the other person’s (or group’s) behavior—on the Y axis—and on the other hand, on the culture to which the person belongs—shown on the X axis of this model. However, in the author’s opinion, those two axes, a two-dimensional model is not sufficient, since indirect and covert modes of behavior also exist, which form the third dimension, or Z axis of the model.

The author contends that, with the help of this model, it may be possible to not only explain, but also predict many types of behavior such as conflicts and wars…

The model offered by Pak is surprisingly simple and easy to use. Also surprising is the author’s fine perception of relationships across cultures… To explain his views, he provides a series of very interesting novellas whose characters act according to the model.

Without a doubt, this book should be made available to a wide readership.

V. M. Rusalov, PhD