Jay Geier

Jay brings passion, enthusiasm, and excitement to all that he encounters—from idea conception to tangible fruition—but mostly to his interaction with people from every walk of life. These qualities have led him down the path of continuous discovery - discovery of self, discovery of others, discovery of the emotional impact that is possible to have on one another. He believes that everyone can have a more productive and efficient life through emotional connectivity.

Jay is a MOODIST and also a strategic planner, a business owner, consultant and a not too shabby of a cook. His successes are directly related to his interaction with people in and of many countries and on several continents, utilizing varying approaches while effecting optimal interpersonal relationships among them: people of varying cultures, people from all walks of life, people with diverse expectations and mindsets.

Moodism is an outgrowth of these specific experiences and of all the trials, errors, and learning gleaned from those interactions along the way.

"Throughout my life, I have been influenced by many friends, teachers, acquaintances, and my mother. Mom is highly educated, a fearless teacher, and someone who believes in keeping your options and relationships open. Her ideas continue to resonate, and although there is much I yet fear, I think embracing the concept of being fearless, has allowed me to have unlimited opportunities.

When we are not willing to break through the walls and barriers we face in daily life, we can't possibly discover all that we are capable of enjoying and all the heights we can scale. Perhaps the greatest remaining of my fears is that of unfulfilled potential, both for myself and for the people I cherish. Exploring Moodism has been a giant step toward conquering this fear, and I want to share it with you."

Alan Strathman, PhD

Alan's biography could not be more different than Jay's, and his interests in Moodism originate from a very different place. Alan has lived a life that could easily be described as linear. He went to college immediately after high school, graduate school immediately after college, and started working in 1990 immediately after graduate school. Though Alan worked at two part-time jobs in high school, he has only had one "real" job, as a professor of social psychology at the University of Missouri.

Though he has conducted years of research and taught thousands of students, Alan considers himself to be a student of human behavior. He may have learned to understand and explain much of the behavior he sees in the world, but, like everyone, he is still perplexed and sometimes saddened by some of what he sees.

Like Jay, Alan believes in the importance of relationships and the daily interactions with those around us. We are social beings and few things upset us as much as difficulties in our relationships. He notes that in one of the earliest books on psychology, The Principles of Psychology, published in 1891, William James (one of the founders of the field of psychology) states "No more fiendish punishment could be devised, were such a thing physically possible, than that one should be turned loose in society and remain absolutely unnoticed by all the members thereof." Of course nothing this extreme is necessary. Simply going through life without connecting with others on some meaningful level is punishment enough.

Similarly, few things bring joy to our lives like relationships can. "From research and personal experience, I have learned the value of being able to empathize with others and in understanding situations from others' perspectives. I think if we did a better job of teaching children to appreciate different views and beliefs we would see progress on many of the critical issues of our time."