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Jerry M. Burger, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He has published more than a hundred professional articles, chapters and books on a wide range of topics including obedience to authority, desire for control, compliance to requests, preference for solitude and attachment to childhood homes. His books include Returning Home: Reconnecting with Our Childhoods (Rowman & Littlefield), Desire for Control: Personality, Social and Clinical Perspectives (Plenum) and Personality (Cengage/Wadsworth), a college-level textbook now in its eighth edition. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and has been on the editorial boards for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Communication Monographs and Social Influence. His research has been featured on ABC News= Primetime, and he has appeared on Nightline, Anderson Cooper 360, and National Public Radio, among other programs. His work has been described in numerous national and international publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, Wired, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Vogue, Men’s Health, Ladies Home Journal and Psychology Today.

Interview with Jerry M. Burger

What do you remember the most about the first time you returned to your childhood home?

The most amazing thing for me was how seeing even an insignificant place would trigger a vivid memory. As I walked around my old neighborhood and schools, it seemed every corner, every bench, every tree reminded me of a conversation that had once happened in that exact spot. These were not important conversations, but rather experiences that might never have come to mind without putting myself in the place where they happened.

What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?

I devoured books about baseball. Something about the statistics just grabbed me. I can still tell you about batting averages and home run numbers from decades ago.

Name a book that you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.

Actually, I’ve got shelves of them. For a while, I thought I wanted to write mystery novels. So I spent a few years attending workshops and reading the genre. Some were pretty good, but quite a few were not. I eventually realized that mystery novels were not for me, although I can certainly understand their popularity. Unfortunately, I got to the point where I could almost always tell you who dunnit about halfway through the book.

Which deceased author would you most like to take out to dinner?

How great it would be to sit down with Mark Twain and go over Huckleberry Finn scene by scene. I would ask him what he was trying to do, where he got the inspiration, and what impact he thought he might have.

Did you ever read a book and then wish you had all that time back?

I’ve gotten pretty good about cutting my losses with books that just aren’t working for me. I usually give them 60 to 100 pages. If I’m not enjoying the book at that point, I have no problem putting it back on the shelf. There are too many good books out there waiting to be read.

What was the book that most influenced your life and why?

Probably John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. I was pretty young the first time I read it. But that book made me appreciate for the first time the power of words. The power to evoke emotion, to make people think. And, given the subject matter of the book, I saw how a novel can address big issues in a way no other medium can. I reread the book recently, and it was just as powerful as I remembered.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Someone once told me there are only two rules for writers. Rule Number 1: A Writer Writes. Rule Number 2: A Writer Reads. Any other writing rule can be broken. But never these two.

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Individual Differences and Social Influence: A Special Issue of Social Influence ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jerry M. Burger
Individual Differences and Social Influence: A Special Issue of Social Influence
Jerry M. Burger
Psychology Press, December 2012
ISBN: 9781848727342
Format: ePub
List Price: $58.95 Our price: $54.99
Returning Home: Reconnecting with Our Childhoods ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jerry Burger
Returning Home
Jerry Burger & Jerry M. Burger
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2011
ISBN: 9781442206809
Format: ePub
List Price: $19.00 Our price: $14.99