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Jonathan Harnisch

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Jonathan Harnisch's struggles with his mental health conditions are interlinked with the incomprehension of non-sufferers, which provokes him to explain his reality. He has explored a range of media, including film, music, and now the written word, to help the general public understand exactly what it feels like to suffer from schizophrenia. By fictionalizing the day-to-day meetings of multiple personalities, he is illuminating a corner of psychiatry that few understand. As an author with schizophrenia, Jonathan Harnisch is ideally placed to share the unusual perception commonly defined as 'mental illness'. Harnisch is not dealing with an altered reality, but a double reality. His main characters, Ben Schreiber and Georgie Gust, perfectly i...more

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Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibi...
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2 SEPT 2014

I have undesirably resigned and retired from the publishing and writing businesses. The diseases I have will not let me continue.

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There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.John Lennon
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Alibiography by Jonathan Harnisch
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recommended to Jonathan Harnisch by: I wrote it so voila moi!
recommended for: General Public - Adult
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Second Alibi by Jonathan Harnisch
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" Second Alibi: The Banality of Life  is the sensational prequel to the groundbreaking  Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography . Harnisch's  The Banality of Life  handles the backstory of Georgie, Ben, and Claudia, further incorporating the invis..." Read more of this blog post »
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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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"Let's get the facts straight up front to avoid any confusion later. I am a person first, a human being, just like anyone else. Maybe a little different, that's all. Years ago, I publicly disclosed my diagnoses with comorbid schizoaffective disorde..." Read more of this blog post »
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“People fall so in love with their pain, they can’t leave it behind. The same as the stories they tell. We trap ourselves.”
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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
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John Lennon
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
John Lennon

Dr. Seuss
“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
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“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good.”
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Jonathan Harnisch Thank you, Louise! It was a pleasure to connect with you on Goodreads, where all this is still new to me. It would be great if you could write an unbiased review once you get through my book. It’s wonderful receiving onslaughts of comments and messages through letters, social network platforms, and the book’s blog regarding the book’s originality, brilliance (sigh), and the presence of so many different genres in one work. I’ll have to look into your material as well. It sounds ideal to find a commonality. Marketing and promotions along with my other artistic works can be quite daunting at times, but I’m learning a great deal. Thanks again!

This is all truly exciting and an overall delight. I’ve been giving away several paperbacks in exchange for unbiased reviews. I believe the paperback weighs in at around three pounds! You may download my book on Kindle MatchBook for quite a lighter weight and a lower price. And from there my scattered thoughts trail off….. To reference Alibiography, “Where is Georgie when I need him?…Calling Dr. C.” By the way, the sequel, Second Alibi, may be out this year—so many great things.

You’ve written the first message to me on Goodreads, and for that I am immensely grateful. I try to connect with everyone I can. Rock on and keep in touch! By the way, are you on Twitter? There I go writing too long, too much. Oh, what joy!

Have a wonderful day.

Louise Hart Hi Jonathan, It's a pleasure to connect with you. I am definitely going to read your work. I think my perspective is similar to your own.

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Dean Blake Thanks for the add!

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