Martha Char Love is the co-author along with her colleague Robert W Sterling of a ground breaking book "What's Behind Your Belly Button?" in the new field of Gut Psychology, the study of the intelligence of the gut response and human nature.
While working as colleagues together at Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, in the 1970s, we accepted the tasks of teaching and operating a Career Guidance and Assessment Program (Career GAP) that served both the community college students and as a storefront for the general population. Martha had experienced the impact of growing up in the South in the ‘50s and early ‘60s, and came equipped with a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a license in School Psychology. Bob was raised in Northern Ohio, carrying the direct impact of WWII in Europe, with an Electrical Engineering degree, a Masters in Religious Education, and Industrial experience in Electronics. The convergence of our two personalities and experiences of our own personal traumas enabled us to critically look at and question what was happening in counseling methodology, particularly when dealing with a wide variety of social problems. It is from this initial work that this book is based.
“Since that time and for the past 35 years, both of us have continued to work and study independently in the field of education and psychology, always exploring the awareness of the instinctual gut response and how this awareness might paint a new image of human nature. In 2005, we began sharing our independent studies and new clinical research work together once again (thanks to the internet and email). With Dr. Michael Gershon’s recent neurological breakthrough identifying the gut brain, we were inspired to write this book as an account of our life’s work exploring the psychology of gut intelligence, and what that means about human nature and the future of our species.”