Most relate to others based on the labels that they can use to describe them. While I disagree with labelling people, in the interests of being more relatable, let’s see how many labels I can share with you that have been used on me over the years…


Multiple Divorcee

Single Dad




Domestic Violence Survivor

Psychotropic Drugs Survivor

Emotional Abuse Survivor

Financial Abuse Survivor

Physical Abuse Survivor

Multiple Illness Survivor (Some of which were diagnosed as chronic)

  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Shingles
  • Eczema
  • Anaphylactic shock (Peanut butter allergy)
  • Pre-diabetic
  • Obesity
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Hemochromatosis
  • And more…






Content Creator











Academic Drop-out


And there are a lot more colourful ones that I’ve been called, but it would be inappropriate to include them here. People label others all the time. I find it entertaining, but I never allow myself to be defined by it. Instead, it reminds me of the many facets that make up who I am.

I am a work in progress…and always will be.

Everything that I share is based on real-life experiences or first-hand observation. None if it is from a textbook, or from some guru or influencer.

I am at odds with mainstream views about psychology and mental health because it has created some of the most problematic perspectives of the human condition that have resulted in the harshness and victim mindsets that we see in how we perceive the behaviours of others towards us. It has also turned sincere humans into medicated, and often suicidal, drones.

Hence my passion for activism towards changing the narrative and perspective of what drives the human experience.

My book, The Egosystem, was my first publication intended to make available my personal philosophy about the human condition and what drives our emotional disposition throughout every moment of our lives. My reason for publishing this work was twofold. Firstly, I needed to create a coherent summary of what I believed to be true about being human. And secondly, I wanted to make it available for scrutiny in the public domain so that if I am incorrect about any of my perspectives, I may be corrected by those who have a meaningful and credible challenge to my views.

I never change my views simply because the majority believe an opposing view to be true, because much harm has been done in the name of collective wisdom that proved to be pervasive ignorance. Therefore, I rely on logic or a sincere effort at proving causality, which underpins every argument or position that I have put forward in my books and is the basis on which I assist or guide others towards achieving a meaningful understanding of what has grown to define their place in this world.

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