I came as an immigrant to Canada but have since become a Canadian. My favourite sports are soccer and jogging. I also love cycling. I love reading but do not have enough time for it yet. I favour reading material about mountain climbing, psychology, philosophy, and some politics.
Like many people, I love travelling. My wife and I have worked with under-privileged children for more than 30 years and founded our own organization more than 20 years ago.
Most frequent questions and answers
When starting to think about free will and human behaviour, I did not think or consider writing a book about it. Later, after my thoughts had given birth to a novel concept, I discussed it with a psychologist, with whom I have a professional relationship because of the line of work I am involved in. At some point during this conversation, he suggested that I should write a book about it. I did not immediately decide upon it. Several years later, as I continued the conversations regarding this topic with a few friends and my wife, they encouraged me to write a book. It was then that I decided to make the attempt and write a book.
When I had finished the book, I believed the content could provide an insight and understanding of each other and ourselves. I wish many people would read it and sincerely think about it. I have applied the concept for several years, and continue to do so, and it always seems applicable and provides a better understanding.
The concept I describe in the book is all around us and has an impact on each one of us, all the time. That is the reason why I decided to publish this book. In our organization it helps employees to approach undesired behaviour from a different perspective. When applied in the treatment, it becomes more effective. This concept greatly enhances employee’s ability to take things less personal which automatically happens. It widens our awareness, increases understanding, can reduce, or eliminate hurtful arguments, enhances our awareness when being manipulated and helps us when we individually, as a group or society, understand and accept how our behaviour is greatly affected by the influences we experience in our life, not just one but all of them.
We all know what PTSD can do to a human being, how victims of abuse are heavily influenced by the effect of the abuse and often show this in their behaviour. We may have been extremely angry at the driver of a speeding car and later heard that he was just informed that his wife was on life-support in the hospital following a tragic accident. This information may have erased our anger and perhaps replaced it with sympathy. We may find the clerk in a store unfriendly and not talkative. Later we heard that her husband was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. These are all real-life examples where clear factors (information/stimuli), rather than choices, influenced behaviour. I call it the process.
The concept I present also provides a connection to what we seem to believe (having free will) and how we do not seem to apply this as we want to know reasons and causes for the things we or others do or do not do (opposite of free will -behaviour that is free from any influence at all-). Free will offers no place for the question: “Why?” Yet it seems the most asked question in the world is: “Why?” Because deep inside we seem to know, nothing happens in a vacuum.
- It was written from the bottom up. In other words, I did not try to support any position to the free will question but started a thinking process that led to an outcome.
- That the thought processes revealed an outcome that only could be discovered but not invented, following the thought processes.
- I would like the reader to recognize that the book was “The concept in motion” meaning the outcome was not a choice but the result of a process. (Procisclism)
- I hope, after reading this book, people will have a better understanding of others which would lead to greater harmony in relationships and a better understanding of themselves. In addition, I hope they will recognize bad influences, which are created for manipulative purposes to serve the needs of those who do the influencing.