Before teaching, I was a United Nations Volunteer in Africa, where I learned about the mammalian custom of bribery. Now I volunteer as a Docent at the Oakland Zoo, where I give family-friendly tours on the social behavior of mammals. I’m a graduate of Cornell and Tufts, and the proud mother of tax-paying adults. And every day I appreciate the similarity between the field notes of a primatologist and the lyrics to a love song.
I grew up around a lot of conflict and struggled to make sense of it. When I learned about the conflict within an animal herd or pack or troop, I could accept the frictions of life instead of getting frustrated. Learning about the brain chemistry behind mammalian social drama gave me peace.
I escaped to college, where I learned that capitalism is the cause of conflict. I escaped to Africa after grad school, where I noticed that Africa has conflict too. I learned that everyone expected me to agree with their view of conflict. I handled that by reading and writing.
I became a zoo docent, and studied animal conflict in depth. Animals cooperate too of course. Their brains are always choosing which option best promotes survival in each moment. Most people around me think nature is all good, and "our society" is the cause of all bad. But the facts don't support this, and we are free to follow the facts.
Habits of a Happy Brain
My wife is memorizing it. As I write this, my wife has a dog-eared copy of your book in front of her, which she tells me she plans to read until she memorizes it. I think you made something of an impression on her.
I am sleeping for four weeks now without drugs, which was impossible before. Your work saved my life. Brain chemistry is like God’s keypad where I am allowed to press a button now with your help. It’s so great when you know how it works 🙂 Thank you very much! Really.
I could see the flow and analyse my own emotions after gaining understanding of different neurochemicals and their impact on our brains. Amazing work by Ms. Loretta.
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