Marcel van Delft
The great narrative of life unfolds where the known and the unknown meet, and I believe it is my purpose to make sense of this, to the betterment of myself as well as of others.
Psychologist, teacher, writer, father, husband to wonderful wife, life-long learner
Currently working on: a fantasy series
Also working on: a philosophical book – concepts from Chaos Theory applied to the mind, mental illnesses, understanding existence, spirituality, and society.
I saw the light in 1978, in a Dutch place called Gouda, famous for its cheese. Strangely enough, my family is named after a different place, called “Delft”, which I’ve rarely visited. My parents are originally from the Hague, famous for . . . well, you fill in the blanks.
I graduated from Leiden University in 2003, apparently having mastered something called Clinical and Health Psychology. But I only really learned psychology by living, learning, and most notably, making mistakes.
I am a great lover of stories, writing, philosophy, children, annoying questions (especially if I’m the one asking them), thinking, food, travelling, music, spirituality, nature, and my inspiring Indonesian wife and half-Indonesian kids.
Life has challenged me and I have been struck with illness, being told by “experts” that I would most likely be unable to have offspring, but had a kind of spiritual awakening after receiving miracles that proved those “experts” wrong – I have 2 kids now.
In the process of overcoming my personal challenges – especially facing some ferocious demons along the way – I have learned much about life, people, and religion – I am a Muslim convert. However, especially with regards to this religion, I do not claim to know anything, except being an expert on my own personal spiritual experience of course.
The most important thing I’ve learned so far, is the importance of surrender, compassion, kindness, mindfulness, (extreme) acceptance, and gratitude. It has opened gates to realities I had not though possible – especially realities of my own psyche.
Apart from reading, learning and writing, I also love music. Though I now just occasionally play the keyboard for fun, decades ago I composed electronic dance music:
Now I like to fight ignorance actively, and increase compassion, gratitude, and peace (and not to forget: fun in learning), by teaching.
I am also passionate about certain topics, and have made some study of rhetoric. Here is an example of a very simple video (with limited means):
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