Much explanation of human behavior is based on assumptions about animal behavior. Two major contemporary theories, Behaviorism and Freudianism place major emphasis upon the human being as animal. Many middle-level theories have no reference to man's distinctive social characteristics. However, social explanations of behavior do have a heuristic advantage in the study of human functioning and "social pathology."
"Interactionist Theory, Human Behavior Social Work and Social Work Education,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol5/iss4/3