Life Cycles proposes a groundbreaking new theory that states that we live our lives in symbolically repeatable twelve year cycles. How did you develop and refine this theory?
I originally discovered the strange correlation between important career events and the age of 36 by accident. As CEO of my Outplacement company I decided to do an ad-hoc validity study of the theory of career stages pioneered by Daniel Levinson (The Seasons of a Man’s Life ) and I was surprised that I found something quite unexpected.
Later this was extended to the ages of 24 (for early career achievements) and 48 (for later events) and it gave birth to the ‘life in 12 year symbolic cycles’ theory. I have derived everything from detailed biographical evidence and nothing else. I have no connections with the occult in any form and I am critical of their work.
Because events at 24/36/48 appeared to be like a personal revolution in many people’s lives I gave them all the name the “Year of Revolution”. I now have over 50 totally new terms and icons, but they are all based on the same easy-to-understand language. My theory is for everyone to use in their own lives.
The strength of my work is centred in a number of detailed Validation Studies that feature pre-determined, objective lists, so as to include cases that do not match up. I am aiming to show a much greater than chance distribution of what I term my “Significant Years” and key biographical markers.
My results are so astounding, as to be currently unanswered by any skeptical or rational rebuttal, in spite of me doing a test for a leading skeptical organisation. The theory became refined as I made a closer study of not just the years in question, but an exact sequence of stages within it. Later it got extended to the whole gamut of relationships, which was derived by combining individual profiles, using a concept I call “Confluence”.
I have now written four books and several hundred case studies, which are often published as blog and related articles. Yet the full extent of the evidence still amazes me and I often say to myself, “Why should this (almost ridiculously simple) ‘one-size-fits-all’ formula work, and why in the heck, am I the only one to see it and pioneer it?”
What do you find is a common misconception people have about your Life Cycle theory?
I find that some commentators, who have listed my writing on their blogs, have wrongly assumed I am referencing the 12 year cycle of Eastern astrology, or some type of numerology or other occult things. They also imagine that it is backed up by some natural cycle (like the orbit of the moon or wave vibrations and such forth). They don’t understand that it is purely driven by biographical evidence.
Others think that because I talk about an important career and/or life-defining event in mid-life; that it is only to be expected at some time in your ‘middle-life passage’ (eg. in your 30’s or early 40’s). They don’t see the mystery of the correlation with just one year (which is the birthday to birthday year, not the calendar year). Even when I show some people their own results they still don’t seem to understand or give it any credence.
A lot of research went into this book. Was there anything that surprised you about this idea while you were researching?
Yes, I always maintain that when I commence writing I’m not sure myself how the direction will go, in spite of extensive planning. For instance, most of the coincidence material and my own case examples I had well beforehand. However, the idea of analysing the lives of all the prominent skeptics and statisticians I had mentioned in the text, happened spontaneously as I was writing.
I couldn’t believe my eyes as one after the other showed what I call the “age 36 phenomenon”. Everyone from Dawkins to James Randi to Michael Shermer (founder of the worldwide Skeptics organisation) etc.
What is the next book that you plan to write and when is it available?
I have two separate projects coming up and I’m not sure which I’ll do first. There’s Life Cycles – The Dark Side, which will explore the lives of a small group of criminals, demagogues and the like. There will be a twist in this however. My early career began as a psychologist in a maximum security prison and I have a bunch of ‘stories from the inside’ that can only be told first-hand (eg. like the day I witnessed close up the breakout by the State’s most wanted man). I think most readers will enjoy this and I will blend a chapter of each side in turn.
The other project is what I think of as potentially my masterwork. It will explore what I consider may be behind my results. I have a number of cutting-edge concepts to introduce and show how my early life experiences relate to all of this. It builds on the Epilogue section of the current book and solves the riddle of the hieroglyphs.
There will be at least a two year gestation period for either project to appear.
Life Cycles is a ground-breaking new theory on what life is all about. It is both controversial and evidence-based and states that we live our lives in symbolically repeatable twelve year cycles. There are two important years and this is where we see fate take a hand in unusual ways.
Designed to entertain and inform; details from the public recoed are used to dissect the l;ives of world leaders, showbiz personalities, criminals and ordinary citizens. You will learn about your symbolic life purpose and be introduced to a whole range of new terms and icons.
You won’t read anything quite as original and intruiging and you will never look at your life the same way again.