Life Lessons from Psychological Science


How to Bring the Best Out of Yourself and Others

This educational/training manual teaches seven life lessons that should be taught and disseminated worldwide to benefit human welfare and quality of life. They have been derived from the author’s intensive and extensive study of human dynamics–five years in graduate school and more than 50 years as a teacher and researcher of psychology at Virginia Tech. The first four lessons connect directly to applied behavioral science and the remaining three life lessons reflect humanism, a domain of psychology considered by many to be opposite to behavioral science.

A primary aim of this teaching/learning manual is to convince the reader that these life lessons should be accepted and deemed important by everyone, regardless of bias toward a particular domain of psychological science. The academic label for this approach to benefiting human well-being is humanistic behaviorism, but the real-world label is Actively Caring for People (AC4P)

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E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., is an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. For 47 years, Professor Geller has taught and conducted research as a faculty member and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He has authored, edited, or co-authored 36 books, 82 book chapters, 39 training programs, 259 magazine articles, and more than 300 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior change interventions to improve quality of life on a large-scale.

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