Jessica: The autobiography of an infant

Jeffrey Von jeffreyvonglahn@gmail.com 2801925652525

BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA MEMOIR OTHER

1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s

Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph.D.

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Logline

The journey to recovery by a woman traumatically scarred by fateful events from the first weeks of her life.

Genre

Biographical,Drama,Memoir,Other

Short Summary

Jessica was terrified that the unthinkable had happened when she had been β€œmade-up.” She had no sense of the β€œI” part – the needing, wanting part – of her psychological make-up. She was forced to imitate a real human being. After two years of little progress, she asked for four hours of therapy a day, several times a week. We met this way for many months.


Jessica reconnects with the β€œI” part of her psychological make-up by travelling back in psychological time to her infancy. It is the most fascinating client experience in the history of psychotherapy. Just like listening to an infant who could talk describe every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening.

Setting

Various locales in southeast (of Detroit) Michigan.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Jessica

Age: newborn +

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Jeffrey Von Glahn

Age: 37+

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Educated,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Skillful,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Dorothy Thomas

Age: 20s+

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Blunt,Complex,Desperate,Insecure

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: iUniverse

Year Published: 2009

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-0595857630

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

After experiencing some signs of mental illness, Jessica decides to give therapy a shot. The writer applies diverse methods on her and finally manages to guide her mentally towards the day she was born, making Jessica fully understand the origins of her disorders.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

It does, but I believe he could improve the profile by adding a development pitch.

Draw of Story

The book begins with the scene in which Jessica remembers the day she was born. It's a fascinating way to start a story.

Possible Drawbacks

The therapy sessions can sound somewhat repetitive, but if we insert memories, flashbacks, and Jessica's life among these meetings, the story could feel less repeated.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

It explores mental health through a professional's point of view. It gives the book a more complex and credible tone. Mental illness is also a very relevant theme nowadays.

Fanbase Potential

Not a large fanbase, but this story could definitely draw the attention of people with mental disorders, people who have friends or relatives with mental disorders, and also people who are curious about the subject.

Awards Potential

It does have the potential for that. It explores the deep secrets of our minds, and how some facts, that firstly seem inoffensive, can change a person forever. If well developed and directed, with a cast of talented actors, it has potential for Awards.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

A DANGEROUS METHOD - A FILM IN WHICH CARL JUNG APPLIES SOME NEW METHODS TO TREAT SABINA'S HYSTERIA. IN TREATMENT - A SERIES ABOUT A PSYCHOLOGIST WHO CONDUCTS THERAPY SESSIONS WITH HIS PATIENTS.

What’s New About the Story

The fact that we listen to Jessica's memories from the moment she was still in her mom's womb. It's intriguing because it's a phase of our lives that we have no memories about.

Lead Characters

Jessica is a standard woman who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. She has a not very loving mother, and it makes her even more likable. Jeffrey is the author and the character of the book, which gives him complex and believable characteristics.

Uniqueness of Story

Not a rare gem, but it can be turned into a good film/series if well structured and if the adaptation gives the story even more dramatic intensity.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The author knows his subject very well, and this is a very good start. It gives the story a complex exploration and makes the book more credible, even with its controversial final method. The author also writes well and is able to create a well-structured story. The theme - mental health - is highly relevant. It could draw the audience's attention because a large portion of society make use of therapies to solve their disorders, and people like to see representativeness on screen. The psyche is also a source of curiosity for many, so having a story based on the exploration of memories and the studies of the mind seems a good way to attract the audience. The characters are also well defined, yet portrayed according to the therapist's point of view. They look and sound natural, and it gives the book a familiar tone as if we were reading the story of a friend. The dialogue is as simplistic as the story demands. They are all common people who work, look for help, and struggle. They sound even more realistic this way. Having a therapist as the author is great since he could serve as a personal source of research for the adaptation. He could assist the Screenwriter, Director, and the actors to reach a more realistic result. I just think the adaptation could be more "dramatic." The author is a good writer, but the story could have more tension, more conflicts, and be told in a more cinematic way.