I am holding two masters degrees in electrical engineering and physics. I learned automatic controls from electrical engineering, and the method of theory construction from physics. I have read psychology and philosophy books beginning at age 15 and also observed the behaviors of many mental patients at a very large mental hospital where my uncle worked as a psychiatrist. I later found time to study films and have co-written and co-produced a full length feature film in addition to producing 8 mm and 16 mm amateur films, because I considered the cinema a psychology laboratory where the most expensive and varied experiments of certain types could be performed.
My first success in psychology has been the explanation of the automatic audience responses to films, such as the illusion of reality, fear, suspense, surprise, laughter, tears, and so forth, and the methods used by the masters of the cinema to induce them, including the Freudian free-floating anxiety. An abstract of my first book Film and Suspense appeared in the February 1957 issue of Psychological Abstracts published by the American Psychological Association. Hitchcock wrote to me about this book, “I… find it extremely clever in the analyses of the filmmaker and the audience.” I later found out that Hitchcock had learned from Shakespeare the use of the phenomenon called free-floating anxiety by Freud, although he had learned its theory from Freud, and that Freud never understood that Shakespeare knew about this phenomenon and used it consciously to control audience reaction.
After I retired from engineering in 1980, I busied myself full time with psychology and developed a theory covering all major automatic responses such as the symptoms of non-organic mental disorders, dreams, hypnosis, repression, cerebral lateralization as structural response, and so forth. I practiced voluntary psychotherapy intermittently and cured in very short times more that 120 patients suffering from migraine and tension headaches and facial neuralgia and other neurotic symptoms. My books that followed Film and Suspense (1976) are Dreams and Psychosynthesis (1987), Cognitive-Behavioral Cybernetics of Symptoms, Dreams, Lateralization: Theory, Interpretation, Therapy (1999, 2001, 2004), and Migraines and Dreams (2003).