Thomas Dreier

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In existographies, Thomas Dreier (71 BE- 21 AE) (1884-1976 ACM) (CR:5) (LH:6) (TL:11) was an American editor, philosopher, and business theorist, noted for []


In 1910, Dreier, published a 27-page pamphlet entitled "Human Chemicals" outlining the view that people are "human chemicals".[1]

In 1922, Dreier began to theorize, similar to William Fairburn (1914), about how an executive is like a chemist or "human chemist", who has to get the desired reactions out of his or her workers:

“It flashed into my mind the other night that an executive is like a chemist. He has a laboratory stocked with seventy-eight elementary chemicals. With that stock he can make absolutely every substance needed in his daily life if he possesses the necessary knowledge to combine the elements.”
— Thomas Dreier (1922), Silver Lining: Sunshine on the Business Trail (§: Human Chemicals, pgs. 12-22)[2]

In 1936, Dreier, in his The Power of Print and Men, referred to "words" of texts as being like chemicals that effect minds, and bring about changes:

“The average metropolitan daily paper contains more words than one finds in most novels — and these words are like ‘chemicals’ in their effect upon the minds of the readers. They bring about changes. They change government. They change styles.”
— Thomas Dreier (1936), The Power of Print and Men (pg. 110)[3]

The correct term for "words", to clarify, is catalysts.

We Human Chemicals

Cover of Dreier's 1948 book We Human Chemicals, showing people on the cover like a periodic table.

In 1948, Dreier, in his We Human Chemicals: the Knack of Getting Along with Everybody, presented an easy to read 122-page booklet, with the following chapters:

  1. We Are All Human Chemicals and Human Chemists [§1:1-]
  2. Our Country Is a Chemical Laboratory 5
  3. The Human Chemistry of Personality 9
  4. The Human Chemistry of Confident Salesmanship 15
  5. The Human Chemistry of Leadership 18
  6. Every Executive Is a Human Chemist [§2:25-]
  7. The Executive Art of Combining 30
  8. The Business Executive as a Catalyst 37
  9. Oil and Water Can Be Made to Mix 42
  10. The Measurement of Practical Results 46
  11. A Happy Marriage Is a Matter of Human Chemistry [§3:53-]
  12. The Mistake of Silence and the Magic of Tears 61
  13. The Mystery of Human Attraction 65
  14. The Human Chemistry of Family Life 69
  15. Mothers-In-Law as Human Chemicals 74
  16. St. Benedict's Rules for Being a Popular Guest 77
  17. What You Would Learn If You Lived on an Island [§4:83-]
  18. A Silk String in a Rock Candy Solution 88
  19. The Chemistry of Surface Tension 91
  20. The Explosiveness of Strong Opinions 94
  21. Words Are Powerful Chemicals 98
  22. The Poison of Hate, Envy and Intolerance 102
  23. The Human Chemistry of Travel 105
  24. Chemical Action of Quietness and Confidence 108
  25. Chemical Effect of Faith and Courage 112
  26. Alcohol and the Physical Chemistry of Some People 115
  27. The Knack of Getting Along With Everybody 120

He divides these 27-chapters into four section groups, each shown bolded above: section one: "We are All Human Chemicals and Human Chemists" (1-5), section two: "The Businessman as a Human Chemist" (6-10), section three: "The Human Chemistry of Matrimony and the Home" (11-16), and section four: "The Human Chemistry of Everyday Living" (17-27).


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The following are quotes:

Human chemistry is an important branch of the science of human nature.”
— Thomas Dreier (1948), We Human Chemicals (pg. 21) [4]
“The trouble is that too many people get chemical reactions all mixed up with morals. They call ‘immoral’ what is only a normal chemical reaction.”
— Thomas Dreier (1948), We Human Chemicals (pg. 59)
“The mystery of human attraction is really no mystery; it is a matter of ‘chemical affinity’, as powerful as it often is seemingly incomprehensible.”
— Thomas Dreier (1948), We Human Chemicals (pg. 67)
“Every family is a combination[5] of chemicals.”
— Thomas Dreier (1948), We Human Chemicals (pg. 69)
“We realize that it is our strongly held personal opinions which produce uncomfortable reactions – for that is what it is, a ‘human chemical reaction’. We know we cannot change their opinions, and we are equally certain that we are not going to permit them to change ours. Adding heat sometimes works surprising changes in chemical combinations! As intelligent human chemists, interested in keeping our own reactions healthy and vigorous, we ought deliberately to expose ourselves from time to time to people whose opinions differ markedly from our own.”
— Thomas Dreier (1948), We Human Chemicals (pgs. 96-97)

End matter


  1. Dreier, Thomas. (1910). Human Chemicals. (GB). Backbone Society.
  2. Dreier, Thomas. (1922). Silver Lining or Sunshine on the Business Trail (§: Human Chemicals, pgs. 12-22). Forbes Publishing.
  3. Dreier, Thomas. (1936). The Power of Print and Men (pg. 110). Mergenthaler.
  4. Dreier, Thomas. (1948). We Human Chemicals: the Knack of Getting Along with Everybody. Updegraff.
  5. See: trihumanide to dihumanide.


  • Dreier, Thomas. (1948). We Human Chemicals: the Knack of Getting Along with Everybody. Updegraff.
  • Dreier, Thomas. (1954). The Executive as a Human Chemist: Opening the Door to an Important and Very-Little-Explored area of Human Understanding and Management Opportunity (GB). Executive Development Press.

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