Human Behavior…What a Trip with guest Allen Anderson

September 3, 2013
Hosted by Jonathan J. Brower, Ph.D.

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Pets have for a long time been known to contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of humans. Jonathan will be discussing these amazing affects with special guest Allen Anderson, author of A Dog Named Leaf. Allen Anderson and his wife Linda Anderson are best-selling authors of fifteen internationally distributed books about the health benefits of pets and co-founders of Angel Animals Network. The Andersons’ 2006 book about animal rescue and Allen’s 2013 memoir, A Dog Named Leaf, won the prestigious American Society of Journalists & Authors Outstanding Book Awards. Information on Allen Anderson can be found at as well as to view previous interviews, and their current list of books.

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 In addition to the nervousness, some of these people also had low energy and were somewhat withdrawn from others.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