Jonathan Brower’s “Human Behavior…What a Trip” focuses on the extraordinary human experiences of Monica Vickers and her inspirational story of overcoming her limitations.

March 26, 2013
Hosted by Jonathan J. Brower, Ph.D.

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Monica Vicker’s, “My Extraordinary Life”, is a wonderful story that shares her story of a blessed childhood with a wonderful and loving family. They motivated her to live life to the best that she can, and helped her accomplish great things. Through the years, Vickers feels that her family’s love and support inspired her to write a book that will inspire and motivate others who also share her plight. Monica Vickers shows readers how living with disability can be a lifestyle—it doesn’t make one courageous, brave, or heroic. Disabled people are very good at knowing what they can and cannot do. Knowing these limitations, helps to look at the bright side of things and make life meaningful and useful. She hopes that her readers will learn how to embrace life’s trials and pains because there are others out there who are carrying much bigger burdens. Her book evokes the true meaning of hope and endurance amidst great pain and strife. It also expresses positivity and acceptance. My Extraordinary Life is a deeply inspirational true story is eloquent and confident, offering a great spiritual adventure. Readers of all ages will be delighted and inspired through the expressive and enlightening pages of her book.

Human Behavior – What A Trip

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.

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Jonathan J. Brower, Ph.D.

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 In addition to the nervousness, some of these people also had low energy and were somewhat withdrawn from others.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.

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