Tom, The Student

TOM, THE STUDENT

Ever since that Eureka! moment Tom’s been studying, exploring, questioning: “What is a healthy human being — a mentally, emotionally, behaviorally healthy human being?  Does anyone really know?

He’s studied psychology and certain psychologists looking to see what they might know about the characteristics of a “helathy human being”:  Gestalt Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Group therapy; the “Heroic Client” movement; Radical Honesty; Interpersonal Neurobiology.

He’s studied religion, religious teachings, religious practices and spiritual disciplines looking to find what they might know about the characteristics of a “healthy human being”:  Yoga as taught by Kriyananda;  Hinduism; Sufism; meditation; contemplation; fasting; Buddhism; Qi Gong; New Thought, plus his childhood teachings in the Epsicopalian church.

He’s studied self-help and personal growth teachers and workshops looking for clues as to what they might know about the characteristics of a “healthy human being”:  Jack Canfield; Gay & Kathryn Hendricks; John Bradshaw; Deepak Chopra; Katie Byron; M. Scott Peck; Steven Covey; Dr. Pat Allen; Fred Luskin

He’s studied body-mind integration movement practices to see what they might know about the characteristics of a “helathy human being”:  Qi Gong; Five Rhythms; Contact Improv; Dance Alive

He’s studied brain science looking for what the brain of a “healthy human being” might look like:  Interpersonal Neurobiology; Dr. Daniel Siegel; The Developing MindThe Body Has a Mind of it’s Own; The Brain that Changed Itself; Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

He’s studied child development (and healthy brain/mind development) looking for answers to how a “healthy human being” is developed: Attachment research

He’s studied evolutionary psychology

He’s studied the kind of worklife our culture tells us is the “right” kind of work: Law degree; well respected transactional attorney for over 20 years; Rotary; Chamber of Commerce; community leader

He’s studied the kind of family & home life our culture tells us is “right” lifestyle: Wife and son in a nice house in suburbia with low crime and good schools.  (He also studied divorce, a 2nd marriage and some other relationship schools along the way)