July 10, 2012
Hosted by Jonathan J. Brower, Ph.D.
This week’s show will be covering the many challenges that students face in school today. Peer pressures, bullying, academic pressure, dealing with teachers, parental expectations and the overall anxiety that each child has to deal with individually. Our kids face a lot of choices. My guest Nancy Harper, author of the workbook “LIFE SKILLS Essential for Personal Growth on the Ever Changing Road of Life”, will share helpful tips for parents whose kids are stressed by problems at school or home. She’ll explain why teaching kids how to deal with these negative issues NOW and give them skills that will help them through college, careers, throughout their whole lives.
Human Behavior – What A Trip
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Our show is all about human behavior. Most people are interested, to some degree, about human beings - themselves and others. Our topics run a large gamut and will cover anything and everything about humans and their behavior.
We will have guests on some of our shows, while some shows will involve people who call in and interact with me. Some shows will be a combination of both. We’ll hunker down and talk about human behavior.
Jonathan J. Brower, Ph.D.
Early in my childhood I experienced important people in my life being “nervous.” Not having the word "anxiety" in my vocabulary, what I experienced was very real and disturbing. In addition to the nervousness, some of these people also had low energy and were somewhat withdrawn from others.
As a ten year old I became a voracious reader of biographies and some novels that had to do with the struggles people attempted to overcome. I wanted to know about other people so that I could make sense of those in my personal sphere.
By the age of sixteen I was reading books by, and about, Sigmund Freud. I was utterly fascinated with the inner-working of the unconscious and how people suffer when they put up walls to avoid being conscious of their real feelings and impulses.
In college I was a psychology major, disliking many of the courses that were not about the human struggle toward optimal mental health. I changed my major to sociology where I began to understand the social psychology of emotions and relationships. This became my focus in graduate school as I earned my Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Human behavior is a wondrous and sprawling phenomenon. There are limitless boundaries to the way human beings can behave. For sure, people cannot not be doing behavior. On the contrary, people are always involved with behavior, whether sleeping or awake. Let's embrace the huge diversity of peoples' ways of behaving.