Don’t Let the Title Fool You

Before you think this book is all about B. F. Skinner, trust that it’s not. It is first and foremost a personal memoir with many common themes we may all share. In fact, I almost named this book “My Road to Jonah,” because it contains some seriously epic love components. It’s equal parts intellectual and emotional exploration.

I landed on the Skinner title because my greatest influence was my father, who was a devout Skinnerian. I was a highly sensitive and emotional child, and his habit of intellectualizing everything often gave me immediate relief, while causing much cognitive dissonance, and it shaped my inner emotional world “adversely” for a period of time. This story is about me finally breaking out of that logical box to experience the greatest of positive emotions. 

So, if you aren’t interested in Behaviorism, that’s okay – there are numerous other issues explored in detail (experientially and philosophically) throughout the book. Some of these include:

  • Being raised by a single Dad
  • Having a distant mother
  • Feeling like an outsider in a small town
  • Overcoming bullying
  • Living a vibrant childhood with salient memories
  • Being a deeply empathic and sensitive person
  • Coping with a step-parent
  • Going off to college
  • Finding yourself and what you truly believe in [Is there really: free will? a soul? true love? a purpose? life after death? a god?]
  • Experimenting with drugs
  • Attending graduate school
  • Entering and leaving academic jobs
  • Exploring careers in corporate America
  • Deciding whether to have a child
  • Creating a parenting philosophy
  • Getting married, trying to make it work, and getting divorced
  • Having an affair and finding love
  • Seeking meaning and evolution every day
  • Discovering your strengths and weaknesses
  • Learning to love and be loved
  • Trying to live authentically

I hope you’ll read on! – Michelle

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