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I became a VAT-registered sole trader on 1 October 1997. I am also a Company Director. The pandemic has hampered most of us, limiting some of our possibilities. Now that corona virus restrictions in the UK are being lifted, more options are becoming available again and I am very pleased about that. International travel outside of the UK is still not allowed unless for very specific reasons. Travel within and between the three countries in mainland Britain is possible again.

Generally speaking, I save businesses and universities money, help them solve problems, spot opportunities for them and provide them with often unique insights. I for example have saved an American university hundreds of thousands of dollars, solved a lab hiccup at another university, spotted a sponsoring opportunity for a global high-end consultancy and added my own insights to the work of various university scientists and university departments with a slightly different background.

Helpful to know may be that since the start of the pandemic, I often attend webinars by the BMJ, the Petrie-Flom CenterSTATMedact and NAM/APHA. (The latter almost always count as continued education credits for CPH, CME, CNE or CHES.)

You can book a free 15-minute video call with me, but in order to weed out trolls and other jokers, I ask you for a $30 (£20) payment before I take the call. I will refund this after the call, so VAT is not applicable.

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Pay refundable fee of $30 (£20) for a 15-minute video call with Angelina Souren

You can book a free 15-minute video call with me, but in order to weed out trolls and other jokers, I ask you for a $30 (£20) payment before I take the call. I will refund this after the call, so VAT is not applicable.

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This fee of $115 (£78) includes 20% VAT; if VAT is not applicable, I will refund the 20% VAT before the call. If you are in the EU, I will need your VAT number to be able to do that (defer VAT). I will also send you a proper invoice. Please let me know which video medium you would like to use, keeping in mind that I don’t do Facebook-owned media.

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I work B2B, have been doing so since the end of 1997. The second B can also stand for “organisation”, “university” or “foundation”.

I have a solid basis in earth and life sciences. I possess legal insight and I know a great deal about otherisation and what it can result in. I learned a lot about otherisation after I moved from Amsterdam to the UK.

I’ve previously lived in the US. Before I became a scientist, I was in tourism and hospitality. I have worked in many different environments with people from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds.

I’ve been called unconventional, highly creative, inspiring, amazingly versatile and very driven as well as a workaholic. My writing skills used to be legendary and a major newspaper already published about a dozen of my letters to the editor when newspapers were still print-only.

I am sure that I’ve also been called irritating and possibly arrogant and pushy and bossy as well as dull and uninteresting behind my back because people who aren’t self-motivated and/or don’t share my values may have a hard time figuring me out.

I often shrug and I am sure that this makes a lot of people mistake me for weak and devoid of leadership properties. I get bored pretty easily and when I am bored, I am at my worst. I also hate being utterly powerless.

To say that I am like water is probably accurate. I can be very pushy and immensely driven, but there are many fights that I don’t consider worth fighting and I am not into consumerism either.

I believe that I am a critical thinker and a catalyst rather than a teacher, but I am not a typical bookworm or desk jockey. To the contrary. As a geologist and marine biogeochemist, you spend a lot of time in the wilderness or out at sea, after all.

Maybe this gives you a decent enough idea of the kind of person I am to be able to assess whether you want to brainstorm with me.

My rates are as follows. They may look exorbitant from a British point of view, but I can assure you that they are not. I often work with a fixed project fee; it makes budgeting easier.

$50 / £35 / €40 per half hour
$95 / £ 65 / €75 per hour
$450 / £300 / €350 per half day
$750 / £ 500 / €600 per day
$12,000 / £8,000 / €9,500 per month

These fees are exclusive of any VAT. I often work with a fixed project fee. You can also opt for a subscription for one or two 1-hour or 30-minute video calls per month to brainstorm with me.

I tend to click very well with Americans but must confess that my many years in England have had a major impact on me and English people communicate in a vastly different way. People in other countries may now initially experience a sense of a communication mismatch when they connect with me, but we can rapidly get beyond that. After all, I am simply someone who deployed a highly direct (Dutch/American) and confident style for decades and then had to get used to a more convoluted and subdued way of communicating. Pretending that cultural differences do not exist, however, is naive.

Some of my insights come from my experience with a complicated situation that can be described as so-called “sadistic stalking” (ongoing, 10+ years). It has included extensive hacking, with e-mail and number spoofing, community bullying as well as what comes across as constant gaslighting attempts. Should I mention that for someone with synesthesia and who hears the written word as pitch, writing spoofed e-mails is like composing music in a specific style? Is that key?

Whatever it is that is going on here, I am without doubt based in a town that is generally pretty hostile towards strangers. It’s known for that throughout the UK. It was even mentioned in a TV documentary. I didn’t know that when I moved here from Southampton.

That’s me on the right. The scientist. The little impish troll is my invisible ever-present sidekick. This was an avatar used by the person in question, the person who may actually have a complex form of DID, that is. He contacted me on Skype, describing himself as a geochemist in China, turning out to be anything but a geochemist from China. He called himself Sarah Chiaroscuro, said he was an artwork of dark and light as well as a “dog in a top hat”.
Earlier avatar used by same person. He described himself as a dog in a top hat. He explained the fact that I saw his first message much later than it appeared to have been sent by “that was beef oven”. (That refers to hacking.)

It appears to involve one person who has a specific form of autism, who lives quite close to me, and one person at some distance who has a highly complex form of DID, with not one but two host or main personalities, each with a lot of alters with highly contrasting personalities, the total giving off a highly confusing impression of something else (such as NPD with psychopathy). Of course, I can only guess.

I don’t or no longer interact with them in person – though I have stumbled upon them occasionally; these days, that happens very rarely. I can’t call, text or e-mail them. I don’t know where they live. It appears that having the presence of someone like me in their lives – listening to me via phone and computer – somehow helps them. (It also appears that their situation is so complex that they can’t actually have anyone in their lives?) I once read that when people with DID are on their own, they tend to do a lot more switching and lose time, which can be hamper them in all sorts of practical ways.

In any case, all of this made me look into personality disorders and neurodiversity.

As a result, I realised that I actually have an overseas friend with NPD (and insight into herself) and I also discovered that people who are autistic and/or learning-disabled can be perceived as stalkers because of misunderstandings. I learned that people who report stalking are dismissed almost as a rule and are even often told to feel flattered (while their lives are being shred to pieces by a stranger).

It also made me see that there appears to be a large group of people who engage in stalking behaviours because their healthcare needs are not being met and who may feel very angry and frustrated because society ignores them.

In addition, I discovered that I know someone who is slightly autistic, although I had always believed that I didn’t know anyone who is autistic. This discovery too explained a lot. All sorts of unusual occurrences suddenly fell into place.

A few decades ago, I briefly had a colleague with DID, who was very open about it. I have been to her home and she showed me the play corner for the little ones. I understand that for most people with DID, however, the DID is a heavily guarded secret because of what caused it, what it is tied to. I know a woman who was drugged and abducted into a cult when she was working at a university abroad. Another woman I know had to drop out of university, relocate across a great distance to a town where she didn’t know anyone because her ex was stalking her and had already tried to kill her once. Such things happen. A strange coincidence is that two of these three women grew up very close to where I grew up and I may have encountered them or passed them on my bicycle when we were children or teenagers.

I am not a psychiatrist, psychologist or a social scientist, but I can probably help self-employed people, YouTubers and others help protect themselves in practical ways from interactions that may be detrimental to their health. I may be able to flag potential problems. A simple solution for the harmful impact of online bullying and trolling is to outsource aspects of social media. It buys peace of mind and it also frees up time. It’s worth it.

I may be able to help with situations of workplace bullying as well, by providing insights. England also seems to have a lot of community bullying and that can be based on any kind of difference that people detect in others and their own (mis)interpretation of that difference. Similar phenomena go on in the workplace. Otherisation seems to be part of the culture and it seems to be tied to that peculiar class system that no other country has and that is still so very much alive.

I find the extent of poverty and inequality here and the associated cruelty and callousness often unbelievable, but I am also noticing that I am slowly becoming used to it (though what I will never get used to is the high level of criminality in the UK; here, laws seem to exist primarily to be circumvented rather than to be respected).

Generally speaking, English people may be too accustomed to the way things are and see various forms of abuse as perfectly normal while outsiders may look at such matters from a very different angle.

Neurodiversity – as all forms of human diversity – enriches our lives. You may want to look into what some employers say about it:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/29/people-with-dyslexia-have-skills-that-we-need-says-gchq

You can also talk with me about humane wildlife deterrence and other wildlife-related issues. Bioethics sensu lato = all living beings matter.