Goodreads asked Angelo Marcos:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Angelo Marcos My most recent book - Victim Mentality - actually came out of something that happened while I was studying psychology.

During a cognitive psychology lecture, the lecturer was talking about optical illusions and how they work. He outlined exactly how our brains get fooled, and gave some really good demonstrations of both moving and still-image illusions.

At the end of the class, he told us that even though we all knew how the illusions worked now, every single time we look at them for the rest of our lives we will always see the illusion. It literally doesn't matter how much knowledge we have about it, or how many times we see the same picture, we will always be fooled. As the character of Gideon says in my book:

"Even cardiologists have heart attacks, and even oncologists get cancer. Understanding something doesn’t make you immune to it. You might understand how a grenade works but that doesn’t mean one won’t get thrown at you and blow your face off.”

That's really the central premise of the book - the idea that we're all wired a certain way and there's nothing we can do about it. Even if we understand just what that wiring is.

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