José Luis, who is retired, previously worked for the Spanish Ministry of Employment, and was a representative of Spain within the European institutions. He also worked for the International Labour Organization. Throughout his career, he combined his work with a passion for topics such as emotions, the mind, personality, spirituality and other topics which the scientific community often dismisses as esoteric. His intention was to be able to offer a scientific perspective on these topics, based on a general, qualitative model which was also to be verifiable and applicable to daily life.
Jordi has worked for several engineering companies and created his own company in India, where he lived for three years and where he developed an interest in topics related to Hindu spirituality. Jordi, who has grown up with his father’s “obsessions”, then decided to return to Madrid to convince his father to systematise and publish the results of his works and the model of reference. He achieved his goal, as evidenced by this work, which is divided into two parts and which sequentially addresses topics ranging from fundamental concepts and theoretical models to practical rules and recommendations designed for application to daily life.
What inspires you to write?
I feel that psychology, generally speaking, is one of the less developed sciences of all. The key to our true self-realization is within, and paradoxically, science is always looking outwards and barely looking inwards.
After many years of reading and studying several disciplines, from transpersonal psychology, spirituality, religion, to self-help or esoteric authors, I found Gurdjieff one of the few ones which relying on a model to explain how we humans work. My intention (what inspires me) has always been to build a model which can explain how our mind, emotions or even consciousness work, and the two books I have written are the result of it.
Tell us about your writing process.
The writing process has taken years, step by step filling up the chapters with the topics covered fitting into the basic model we had in mind (comprising body-mind-ego).
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
For non-fiction writers: speak up your mind and share your experience/expertise so we can start really understanding each other.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I initially decided to print a few copies to share with friends and family. When I discovered the digital self-publishing platforms I loved it since I had the chance to share it globally which was my dream.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It will be even easier to publish a book, so myriads of writers will be doing so, and the ebooks market will grow even more, so the key will be on properly targeting your readers (marketing).
What genres do you write?: Psychology, self-help, emotions, mind, personality
What formats are your books in?: eBook