Dr Jim’s autobiographical novel

Fictionalized autobiography can be a powerful form of personal therapy!

By Daniel O’Beeve

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Updated on 15th June 2019

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Do you know who you are?  And are you happy with your life?

Front Cover.3Some systems of counselling and therapy strive to simplify the nature of the human mind and personality so much that most of who and what we are gets lost.  Some theorists are clear that the emotional colours and tones of the mind are too numerous to ever be classified and listed.

But we can sense whether or not we are broadly happy; whether or not we are broadly grounded; whether or not we are feeling at home in our skins.

Once upon a time I felt totally alienated from myself.  I had no idea what I felt.  As Steve Biddulph would express it, I didn’t have a life.  All I had was an act.  My act consisted of pretending that I was okay, that I was here, that I was in control of my life; but in fact I was floundering inside; like a man drowning in a sea of confusion, and trying to keep up the pretence of okay-ness by combing my hair into acceptable patterns, and straightening my tie, so I could look good for others. Meanwhile, inside, I was dying.

I kept soldiering on with that futile act, until a hugely distressing social experience brought me to my knees.  That was a horrible experience, but in the longer run, I would learn that this was a ‘crisis/opportunity’, and it allowed me the time and space to begin to abandon my act, and to explore that it might mean to be ‘a real human being’.

To get there I had to do lots of things, most of which involved writing about earlier aspects of my life, which were lying around, undigested, in the basement of my mind.  Those writings built up over time, until one day I realized I had the makings of a fictionalized autobiography of the first 40 years of my life.

If you’d like to read my story, as a template for you to find out what is possible in this aspect of psychological development, then you can take a look here:

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For more information about this book, please go to Daniel’s Amazing Life.***

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