Early Life and Education
Robert Hogan was born in Los Angeles in 1937 but grew up in the small, rural community of Fontana, California, from the age of 5 onward. He grew up fascinated by animal behavior, and even before he entered university, he was already well-read in both evolutionary and psychodynamic theory.
As a university student, Hogan initially enrolled in the University of California at Riverside in the area of physics. Hogan became disenchanted with physics and later enrolled in engineering and then psychology as a student at UCLA. It was during this time that Hogan had his first experience as a manager while working for a janitorial service in order to put himself through school. He graduated summa cum laude in 1960 and was then commissioned as a navy officer on a destroyer. Hogan describes this time as one of the worst experiences of his life but also as a chance to refine his leadership skills. Hogan left the navy after 3 years and began work as a probation officer in San...
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