Before my first birthday my parents moved me in to the grounds of a psychiatric hospital, where they lived and worked. Here I spent the next 17 years of my life witnessing what went on within this environment, and would eventually work as a nurse myself for over 13 years.
I use the term The Lunatic Gene as the thoughts and beliefs that either inspire people to do great things despite the criticisms and opinions of others, and others to get ill and do seemingly crazy things because of them.
This spectacle started my quest to find out whether there is a lunatic gene. This book is the amalgamation of me growing up in this environment and witnessing some strange things, allied with my professional medical experience of working with those who had serious health issues, others who were staring death in the face, and people who had been clinically dead, and then resuscitated back to life. I often wondered why someone would walk into a fire and kill themselves so terribly, whether there were any warning symptoms, and what I could have done to stop this from happening. After over 30 years of searching, this book is the best answer I have answer.
In the introduction, which you can download for free on the link below, I also tell the story of how a near death experience of going off road and rolling down a mountain in South Africa was instrumental in my quest of discovery into this phenomenon.
My curiosity into human interaction was sparked at a very young age, when I witnessed the various behaviour of the residents of the psychiatric hospital I grew up in, many of whom wandered down to my family home, looking for cigarettes.