For twenty five years Sir Gerry Neale has increasingly immersed himself in the study of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, of emotional intelligence and, most particularly, of the conscious and sub-conscious barriers each of us can construct either to help or unwittingly to hinder our self-development.
He has studied the form and content of many self-help books. most of which he acknowledges to be excellent tutoring guides for any one of us to gain all manner of new skills. Yet he has been increasingly puzzled by the number of readers who fail to gain appreciably from reading them. They have perhaps presumed that the answer for them lay in the book rather than within themselves.
This thought has led him towards analysing the degree to which we can give internal space to protective - even negative images about ourselves. But more than that, he has targeted the way in which these images could have been cloaked in emotional memories, which then lay dormant - even at sub-conscious level - to re-enforce our protection. Yet when consciously we want to develop particular skills, this masked intensity and emotional pain at a sub-conscious level can kick in to sabotage our endeavour.
This has encouraged him to write two self-discovery novels, both emotional intelligence books in their own way. Their storylines, both encompass situations many of us find ourselves in and because they are written in the first person, the reader shares in and hopefully feels the trauma involved in unravelling emotional memories. The books "Squaring Circles" and "If You Want To Say Yes, Say Yes" were published on Kindle on 29th and 30th December 2013. (The original publication of " Squaring Circles" in paperback was through Pearl Press which later went into liquidation and is to be re-printed)
On 30th December 2013 he also published on Kindle a political thriller based in the UK in 1970's called "Win Some Lose Some". 'I find it fun creating gripping mystery stories!' He confesses.
Sir Gerry Neale was born in Kempston, Bedford UK in 1941. He was educated at Bedford School. While there, he formed the ambition to become a Member of Parliament. His motivation encouraged him, to become involved politically, to gain election to a local Borough Council and become Mayor, and to qualify as a lawyer. In 1979 he left local politics and became MP for North Cornwall when Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. He served in junior roles in Trade & Consumer Affairs, Transport, Environment and Defence. He was knighted in Margaret Thatcher's Resignation Honours List. He was defeated in the General Election in 1992, since when increasingly he has focussed on educational issues in general and cognitive behavioural techniques in particular.
He has developed a passion not only for writing fiction,(www.squaringcircles.co.uk) but to writing lyrics to existing music and painting watercolours.(www.sirgerrynealeartprints.com). Sir Gerry is among the top authors of articles on psychology on www.ezinearticles.com