You're Not the Only One on this Planet!: Observations on the Absence of Civility: A Book of Leadership

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AuthorHouse, May 1, 2004 - Social Science - 160 pages
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This book is a clever satire with a serious social message: How poorly we treat each other in society and how this poor behavior weakens us personally and as a nation.

The book critiques a wide array of everyday social behaviors and offers solutions on how to correct our uncivilized behavior.

Dr. Mayer proposes a new social disorder (illness) he calls, Center Of the World Syndrome. Those who suffer from this he labels as COWS. He terms the solutions offered as: Tipping the Cows.

John Mayer on:
The Universal sign of friendship: Does this really mean anything anymore? When someone flips you off, do we really care?
Tipping the Cow:…Blow fellow motorists a “kiss” when they salute you with that harmless finger…try it…you’ll get a bigger reaction.

Conversation: Do ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ just not exist anymore? I don’t know where they went, but, poof! they disappeared right out of the English language. if you want to visit them they reside in dictionaries like sitting in a museum.
Tipping the Cow: We have to stop responding to people who don’t request things from us in a civil manner.

Parenting:… parents (who) place their needs and expectations before the children’s. They are Cow parents. why don’t children do things the way we want them to do them? Because they are children!… they are not finished products by definition.

Mental Health Professionals: The Mental Health Field is a big, ripe grazing pasture for Cows.

Parenting: it is absolutely uncivilized behavior of a society to allow such large numbers of youth to use drugs… How do we not allow our kids to drink and drug? we talk to them, we control them, model for them, mentor them and we punish (Ooops! not supposed to say that word, punish, now-a-days.) them for unacceptable behavior…talk to your kids…don’t let drugs be an unmentionable secret around the house--we need to let them know what dire consequences we will inflict upon them if they use drugs or drink.

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About the author (2004)

Dr. John E. Mayer is a practicing clinical psychologist. He has been helping people change their lives for over 25 years. He is a nationally known clinician, author, lecturer, and consultant. Dr. Mayer has authored 11 books, including: The 3 Week Family Fat Cure, Shadow Warrior (a novel), books on Drug, smoking and gang prevention and athletic coaching. Dr. Mayer received his doctorate from Northwestern Univ. Medical School. He is a diplomate in both clinical and sports psychology. The highest status one can attain in each of these fields, an exceptional accomplishment in two fields. Dr. Mayer is married and has two wonderful children.

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