Featured Interview With Eric Dennis
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. I now live in the French city of Nantes. I don’t have pets, my favorite pet would be a cat but unfortunately I’m allergic, so it’s a doomed love.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I can’t tell exactly the age, but it was very soon that I got interested in books. I was lucky enough that my parents and grandparents were active readers with quite good libraries, so I was used to being around books from early infancy. I remember the fascination of my first classics, Stevenson, Verne, Enid Blyton (Secret Seven rather than Famous Five, there’s a difference!), Agatha Christie, “The Hobbit”, which I read in one sitting, the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, which obsessed me for a long season (the novels didn’t catch my fancy for some reason)…
My first recollection as an “active” writer happened when I was ten; the teacher asked us to write a composition, and I wrote it, with the nonchalance of kids, just the same way I would have tied my shoes or opened a window. It turned out the composition got the highest grade and I got a lot of praise, out of which I deducted I had a relationship with words that others maybe didn’t.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Outside the realm of technical writing and psychology, what I really enjoy and really recharges me is reading novels and short stories, mostly from classic authors: English, French, Spanish and Russian mostly.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
It is entitled “I Want Out: Go No Contact From Toxic Parents, Keep It That Way And Heal From The Narcissistic Abuse”. It’s a book where I combine my formation as a clinical psychologist and my personal experience as former victim of narcissistic abuse, a book written with an attitude of service, trying to help other victims of narcissism who are in the predicament of going no contact.
Going no contact is the logical end of a relationship with any narcissist, unless they get to kill you first. Narcissists are cunning creatures who are very good at hiding their manipulation from the public eye, and their effect on their victims, especially within a family environment, can be devastating, because there are “frog in the pot” dynamics and the victim can be suffering the abuse for decades before wising up to it. It’s made me very happy to receive some comments from other victims telling me that this book has brought them relief and validation, which is exactly what I intended. The book is also interesting for people who want to learn about narcissism, a knowledge that is far from being a “theoretical” luxury, as chances are you are already dealing with one of them in your life; narcissistic personality disorder in our days is rampant.
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