Psych 101 Class, Rat Lab Prove Helpful in Real Life

One of the most exciting classes I took in college was Psych 101, in which I was in­troduced to the ideas of B.F. Skinner. In a nutshell, Skinner believed that individuals do not create their own lives through free choices, but are created by their culture and its system of punishments and rewards.

For the first time in my life, I saw the obvious truth that had I been reared by different parents or in a different cul­ture, I would have become a different person. Even some­thing I thought of as precious as my religion was more or less trained into me. I wasn’t as free as I imagined.