I was born in Needham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, in 1942, in the midst of World War II, in which my father was killed in action. I attended St. Sebastian's School, a Catholic prep school, graduating in 1960, and the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1964. At Notre Dame, I became fascinated with literary insights into the often self-defeating behavior of fictional characters. This led to a period of intense study and reading of psychoanalytic characterizations of literary figures, and, ultimately, a vague commitment to a career in psychology. Needing a specific laboratory course in experimental psychology to meet requirements for graduate school, I found a course at Boston College in the summer of 1963, taught by Joseph R. Cautela. That summer, ...

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