The Parallax is a book about seeing things differently. We’ve all experienced watershed moments, times when tumultuous events collide with our lives, sending us down a rabbit hole of anger, fear, confusion and despair. It is well recognized that stories can be used to influence others; however, little attention has been given to how writing influences us personally.
Connecting with our personal story allows us to see things differently, giving us an opportunity to change our self-limiting paradigms. Over the past two decades, an increasing number of health care professionals have recognized the beneficial effects that writing about traumatic or stressful events have on physical and emotional health.
A story within a story, The Parallax uses metaphor and symbolic imagery to create connections for all readers. The premise of the fictional story that serves as the core of The Parallax is best captured by an Irish Proverb that appears at the beginning of the book: Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.
And so it is with therapeutic writing—accessing buried memories brings restitution and relief. The definition of a parallax is: An apparent change in the direction of an object caused by a change in observational position that provides a new line of sight. Readers of The Parallax learn how to take this concept from the world of physics and apply it to their personal lives.