First things first. I am happily married to my best friend and soul mate. We have two kids (one of each), two dogs, two cats, a degu and a rabbit. I am a Christian, non-denominational, and have a quite libertarian outlook. I believe Paul was right when he said all things are permissible, but not all are advisable. I love sport! Both of them, soccer and hockey. I am a fan of Stevenage FC, Minnesota Wild, and Real Salt Lake. I am very introverted and my ideal job would be an online chatbot.
I have a Master of Science in Psychology and I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology, both from Grand Canyon University. I will be writing a dissertation on the experiences of people with Tourette Syndrome who play sport. I want to find out if people who played sport have managed to have a good quality of life and maintain a decent self-esteem. Typically Tourette Syndrome decreases these things but sport increases them. I hope to find out if people experience sport winning the battle of self-esteem and quality of life over the disorder.
What else? I am also in the early stages of becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. It is an interesting direction which has challenged what I thought I understood about psychology. However, to balance this I have also studied Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP is interesting to me, it shouldn’t work. It’s flaky. It has nothing scientific about it. However, it gets amazing results and one of my favourite books that really sparked my interest is Mental Mastery (see here for my recommendations). So based on nothing but results and the techniques used, I absolutely love NLP. However, like any discipline in psychology should be used appropriately and for the right reasons.
I’ve spent the last 8 years as a volunteer youth soccer coach with varying degrees of success (and by success I mean growth and development of the players I coached, not results or trophies won), and have recently decided the time is right to hang up the whistle. I started coaching for my son, and along the way have met some amazing people and made good friends, but my son has moved on and has an amazing coach. It’s a world that no longer needs me, and my focus now is on gaining as much knowledge and experience as possible in the realm of social identity, and how sport can help kids with disorders. It is my goal to help families with children struggling with identity issues due to a disorder to find identity in something positive, and not be defined by their disorder. Sport helped my son find his identity outside of Tourette Syndrome and I am confident sport can help others.
Things I like:
Music: Manic Street Preachers, Peter Gabriel, The Kickback, Delirious?, My Chemical Romance, Placebo, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Thomas Zwijsen, Blur, Nirvana, Rancid, Punk, Brit Pop and some other stuff.
Movies: Braveheart. The Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), Young Guns, Bourne series, and classic spooky stuff like Poltergeist, The Fog, etc.
TV: Sherlock, The Young Ones, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd, dark dramas like Hinterland, Shetland, The Killing etc, and historical fiction as long as it is either complete fiction or somewhat close to history.
Books: Sherlock Holmes, Wuthering Heights, The Secret Footballer, Mental Mastery, and anything by Tolkien and CS Lewis.