This book is about being alone in our heads. It gives a rare glimpse of what other people feel like: to read it is to reflect on our own experience of being. People hide behind their appearance in order to get by in the world. In this book men and women alike of all ages reach beneath their skin to reveal their inner self. Am I the same person day to day, year to year? Is there an essential core as the layers of life are peeled away? And to what extent do the different stages of life beg different kinds of answers to the question "what it feels like to be me"? Readers will see how similarly Julie aged 85 and Nina aged 14 address the questions and how the themes thread through all the contributions. Brilliant poems by Dannie Abse and Peter Phillips look back and forwards in their lives. An Israeli artist looks at himself in two photographs. Three commentators give their views: a professional counsellor, a distinguished scientist and Dr Jonathan Miller.
What it Feels Like to be Me will be of enormous interest, not only to those of us working in the field of healthcare, but also to anyone who has an interest in his fellow human beings, and what really makes them tick. (Olivia Harvard- Watts MA,, analytic psychotherapist, member of the Guild of Psychotherapists.) As a relationship and family therapist of many years standing I know this book will be of interest to both professionals and to those with an interest in how we experience and cope with life. As professionals we go in search of others' reality but in this book we are invited in. (Jackie Bartlett, Relate Counsellor)