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Fascinated by human behavior since early childhood, I began my serious studies at the University of Arizona with the combined majors of Psychology and Anthropology. This allowed me to work on my goal, which was to learn everything about what made people “tick.” Why do they function as they do? Studying the relationships between behavior, biology, and environment gave me a greater understanding of the underlying rules or “norms” guiding people within any given society.
I had the particular honor of volunteering at The Jane Goodall Institute when it was located in Tucson, Arizona. There I facilitated in the educational outreach to schools, utilizing the research and knowledge of chimpanzee behavior to give young people a better understanding of human behavior. These interactive lectures to students received rave reviews and were personally rewarding.
I went on to receive a Masters in Counseling, becoming a Nationally Certified Mental Health Counselor and working for a short time at Southern Arizona Mental Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. This gave me greater insight into the successes and failures of thought processes guiding behaviors.
Mankind has a great tendency to repeat errors. This is evidenced in all areas, and as society becomes more complex in its rules and “fine print,” that tendency becomes more likely to affect individuals and society in adverse ways. With this idea in mind, I decided to obtain a degree in paralegal studies from the University of San Diego to help better understand the legal ramifications of unsuccessful decisions and behaviors.
In my lifetime of collecting historical quotes on the effects of mankind's thoughts, words, and actions, I am amazed as to how people throughout time continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. It was the reading through of my collection that ultimately led me to the creation of the book “Always Protect Your Behind: A Life Guide for Young Adults or Misguided Old Ones.