Because David originally taught literature after graduating Berkeley, and later obtained an advanced degree in Education at Stony Brook University, he was struck by what he calls The Uniform Structure of Information in magazines and books of all kinds, then noticed that speakers at conferences of all kinds likewise used this structure, different as their advice and other content on the surface of their presentations or articles and books may be. Anecdotes illustrated each point, and analogies were drawn between the matter at hand and the world at large. The farther he researched the professional and personal development or business management fields, to see if anyone were teaching that, instead of yet another formula like one-minute managing, re-engineering oneself, however many variations of the habits or behaviors that highly effective or successful people share, or chicken soup recipes someone can come up with. Turns out, buried in professional journals ensconced in university libraries, clinical and industrial psychologists had correlated the use of anecdotes and analogies with the retention and use of information, and job performance at every level. Why then, wasn’t everybody learning to use them? When David was speaking at The Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy, which for over fifty years had trained psychologists to help people use rational thoughts, without even attempting to teach them how to think rationally, themselves, one of their post-doctoral staff said that they already tell psychologists to have patients formulate their situation anecdotally. “That’s like telling people who worry too much not to worry about it,” David replied. After teaching them how to do that, one of them asked why David never became a psychologist, himself. To knowing nods, he answered, “I never would have learned what I just taught you.”
David has subsequently taught people how to use The Uniform Structure of Information, in what he calls The Coloring Book for Thinking by Numbers, to people of every age with nearly every degree of brain capability, improving their ability to learn, retain or regain full use of their faculties, and their awareness of their emotions and aspirations.