Author and life coach Anna Parkman has dedicated her soon-to-be released book Apocalyptin to “everyone who wants to reach a new level of interpretation of reality and be able to noticeably change their lives, and of course to those who need to cope with traumatic experiences and get out of resentment and other destructive emotions”, she explains.
The meaning of her book is to transfer her knowledge of the method she used to get out of the suffering associated with the traumatic actions of other people, and to be able to forgive those who caused you to experience this suffering. For what? “For your own health, well-being and the opportunity to manifest the life of your dreams,” Parkman said.
In order to discover her own tools on how to deal with her personal traumas, Parkman explored and studied countless areas on psychology. “To come to this I spent many years during which I continuously studied and searched for the knowledge and practices that would allow me to get out of my personal resentment and away from those traumatic memories.” She continued “I was looking for working tools and methods that would help not temporarily, but forever.”
One main area of psychology that Apocalyptin explores is Fairy Tale Therapy, of which this book is one of the first of its kind to be published. In Apocalyptin, Anna explains how the resistance to working through the patterns of behavior humans have in their thoughts is called homeostasis. Fairy Tale Therapy can be explained as a story telling method, which is a powerful tool to bypass homeostasis as a resistance of both the brain and the body. In biology and anatomy homeostasis is the body’s ability to restore lost balance with the help of a self-regulatory system, while maintaining relative constancy. Anna explains how “This is a powerful mechanism, which is why it’s so hard to break a habit to be yourself”.
Anna goes on to say how “Fairy Tale Therapy literally uplifts the familiar system and familiar patterns, as it loads new patterns without encountering the resistance of the body and brain”. She continues “This is the great strength of this method of psychological therapy”.
When asked whether Anna would have chosen this career path had her childhood been different, her answer was “I don’t think so”.
She recounts that her earliest interest in the field of psychology was a result of her parent’s divorce. In a way, this was her reaction to get herself through the negative consequences that came from the divorce.
The world is constantly changing, and many people are more stressed out than ever before. With the challenges and repercussions of COVID-19, the economy, and the rise of social media platforms in relation to mental health issues, this creates new therapeutic approaches. Parkman sees this as an opportunity for learning.
Dealing with and advising how to overcome traumas, it was no surprise that Parkman saw the positive during the pandemic and how it affected her day-to-day life. She spoke about how academic institutions moving towards a more online model, has expanded the learning opportunities for people, including herself. “Personally, I get great benefits from this by taking advantage of studying online from the comfort of my home,” she said.
One of the new ways Parkman continues her private practices is through Zoom meetings and online sessions. Over the course of the pandemic, it has been very beneficial to her clients that are working from home while creating a more comfortable and flexible environment.
There are a few main takeaways that Parkman wants her readers to have after reading her book. The first thing that her readers should feel is a connection with the characters and events, and to understand that they are not alone in what they have experienced or are experiencing.
The book describes the complexities of the process of interpreting personal events, and the stages of resistance one might experience by describing the breakdown process in the mind and body.
A takeaway here that Parkman wishes to instill is to give the reader the opportunity to not feel alone in the fact that they are experiencing these same resistances and emotions. She explains how she “came through this as well, so I know what I am talking about.” Parkman continues “I make it clear that this is not an easy process for everyone”.
Speaking about her own daily struggles, Parkman outlined how practicing daily meditation has allowed her to battle her stress levels. “Meditation has a tremendous healing power”, she explains. “I practice different types of meditation daily, to control and consciously stop my internal dialogue of the so-called emotional chewing gum.”
Anna Parkman’s book Apocalyptin is set to be realeased in April this year.