About PJ

PJ Adams is a psychotherapist and best selling author who splits her time between California and Europe. She enjoys learning French and writing about travel, self help, and other topics. Follow her on Twitter @PJAdams10Facebook, YouTube.

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    Nurture or nature: Is evil born or made?  In Freud's Revenge, a nearly-invisible killer is making his or her mark in a deliberate, methodically maniacal way.  And who will be next?

    The clinic, located in glamorous Del Mar, California sits near the Pacific Coast, just south of the famous racetrack. The track may host the rich and famous, but Seaside Clinic languishes in relative obscurity until a bloody murder thrusts it into an unrelenting limelight.  Amanda Carlisle, supervisor, empath, and amateur photographer teams with seasoned detective Nick Caswell to sift the suspects, decode a mysterious journal filled with cryptic clues, to find the killer (or killers) who lurks, ready to kill again.

    Why Freud? Each and every crime starts with a motive. It may be deliberate, well-planned, targeted. Or it may happen on impulse, in a moment of passion or a moment of revenge. Sigmund Freud would probably have suggested that crimes of passion come from the most basic place in the psyche: the ID.  The ID is all impulse, all will.  When sex is involved, the ID becomes infused with sexual energy and sometimes dark things can happen, as Amanda and Nick will soon find out.

     Sigmund Freud

    Freud was born in Austria in 1856, and is considered the founder of psychoanalysis. He died in London, England in 1939. 

    Freud helped popularize the idea of the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious mind. In the conscious mind (kind of like the tip of an iceberg pointing up out of the sea) we are aware of what we do, what we see, what we feel, what we think. 

    Working closely with the conscious mind is what Freud called the preconscious or "available memory." This is anything that can easily be made conscious, like the memories one is not thinking of in the moment but can readily bring to mind. This too is above water, so to speak, in our general, day-to-day awareness.

    In the unconscious part of our mind (the base of the iceberg buried under the waters), however, we do not have immediate access to things we may think and feel.  Memories and sensations from the past, dreams, urges, and instincts lay buried, undulating, ready to surface under the right conditions.  Freud felt the unconscious was by far the largest component, with many ideas, thoughts, feelings, and urges percolating there.

    Freud also postulated that personality was structured around three human energy systems: the ID, the biological and instinct component; the EGO, the psychological part or traffic cop; and the SUPEREGO, the social component and judge.  He thought that one system could potentially gain dominance over the other systems.  Sometimes that could lead to stormy relationships, bad habits, unfortunate choices--even murder.

    The very emphasis of the commandment Thou shalt not kill, makes it certain that we are descended from an endlessly long chain of generations of murderers, whose love of murder was in their blood as it is perhaps also in ours.        --Sigmund Freud

     

    I like studying people.  

    In my photography, I love to capture spontaneous moments.

    Waves breaking on the beach. Seagulls drifting by.  Big bursts of flowers in a Sunday market. Faces in the grip of pure feeling. Sumptuous food on a plate. Couples kissing in the sunset. A family enjoying ice cream cones on a scorching summer day.

    In crime, emotion is also pretty spontaneous. Though a crime may be premeditated, a surge of here-and-now feelings rise up, sharpening the moment of the act. 

    For me, those emotions leave a charge at a crime scene. It's kind of a psychological fingerprint, but it hangs in the air like some kind of emotional perfume.

    Police and detectives like my friend Nick Caswell look for facts, fingerprints, fibers--all the tell tale signs a criminal leaves.  But I sense the special scent a criminal psyche leaves behind. 

    I guess you could say I have an eye for art--and a nose for crime.