I was born in the Netherlands in 1964, a fantastic year for the Beatles, with a very hot summer in the middle of which my mother was rushed to a hospital, 6 weeks before my actual 'due' date. Just born and already caved by a oxygen chamber, already high in this world.
I studied psychology just because I was interested in everything about human beings: their biology, their philosophy, their ethics, their violence, their mutual trust, their cooperation which has led to enormous achievements. In this study I specialized in neuropsychology and rehabilitation. This field studies the relationship between brain and behavior, more specifically: brain injury and its consequences and how to cope with it.
After working as a PhD student I finally found a clinical job which bought me and my wife a house. This was so time and energy consuming that I could not finish my PhD thesis (one of my regrets in life). However, I did develop a specific training (TPM: Time Pressure Management) and got more experience in treating traumatic brain injured patients. This expertise led to my job in a rehabilitation center in Leiden. After almost 18 years I have started my private practice and will closely cooperate with physical therapists to bring highly qualified psychological services to patients with emotional problems and/or brain damage.
Having seen well over 3000 patients with brain injury in almost 20 years, I have built a large clinical experience about the brain and brain injury. I was helped really much by all those patients and their families who told me their stories. It is largely due to their expertise that I became the neuropsychologist I am today. I am very grateful that I have met all those people. Although my meeting them was not voluntary, every time I listened and learned. Every time I empathized with them, sometimes I even fought against my tears, moved by their stories. Realizing what they had to suffer and go through. One of the reasons of this website has been to honor all those patients and to hope that their suffering had some sort of sense or meaning. By way of letting you know what I learned from them. That is the least I could do, I thought, to honor them.
Besides my daytime job, I have my own test software company Pyramid Productions. Its mission is to improve neuropsychological tests and thereby to improve the research and treatment of brain injured people.
Privately, I have had some pretty rough times the last couple of years. Losing my mother at 63 (sudden heart failure) after my own divorce. My ex wife and I live about 300 meters apart, working pleasantly together in a co-parenthood partnership and I see my daughters 2 evenings every week and every other weekend. Raising them is certainly the largest (and at times funniest) project I have ever had. My roots are Hungarian, I speak a little bit Hungarian but that is at the level of a 4-year old I guess.
My hobbies? Well, I am still interested in a lot of things but movies (the English patient, The Matrix trilogy, Inception, Memento, just to name a few), squash, cycling, dancing (salsa, tango) are just one of many hobbies I used to or are doing now.
Last but not least: English is not my first language (haven't you noticed?) so it can be that some sentences are a bit strange. I hope you can forgive me for this and tell me about any corrections I can make in the text. Thanks