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Featured Guest Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D., MBA

Let’s first look at what’s happening:
For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace. People are living longer and working longer, so we have workers as young as 18 and as old as 80s. There is a big difference between how an 18-year-old views the world and how an 80-year-old views the world, because of the eras in which they were raised—what was going on when they were growing up, the generally accepted societal practices of the times.

Additionally, we have two generations — Millennials and Gen Z — that are forcing a level of change that we have not seen in our society since the Hippy Counterculture movement of the 1960s and 70s.

All of this change is causing defensiveness, anger, frustration, as well as stress and fear.

Why is change causing all of these negative emotions?
The simple answer is that human beings are hard-wired to resist change. The part of our brain that is responsible for this is the amygdala, known as “the reptilian brain.”

The amygdala is an almond-shaped mass of cells that lives deep in our brain and is responsible for our automatic stress responses known as fight, flight or freeze. The amygdala is programmed throughout our lives and it stores all of the memories and emotional reactions we have. Negative memories leave a bigger impression.

It is this brain process that causes us to become rooted in our beliefs and to stay with what we like and to resist that which we don’t like. Things that are familiar make us feel calm and comfortable. Things that are unfamiliar bring up stress.

As a result, that which is different from us and different from what we’re used to can cause mental-emotional issues, such as stress, anger, and fear. This can manifest as depression and anxiety, among other mental health issues.

Is it possible to embrace change? Yes!
Some people are naturally inclined to do it. Depending on their experience in life, they have become accustomed to or may even enjoy change. Others are more rooted in their beliefs and ways.

As human beings, we have the capacity for understanding. Through understanding, we learn. Through learning, we change.


Dr. John Huber ( is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals.

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