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The Meaning of Anxiety Paperback – May 4, 2015
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- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (May 4, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393350878
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393350876
- Item Weight : 13.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anxiety is a fear of nothing in particular. In health, anxiety converts into fear and drives us to deal with objective threats to survival or identity. In neurosis, the contradiction between expectations of reality and what is actually the case can't be faced directly and anxiety is expressed in symptoms that are only indirectly related to the source of the anxiety.
The evidence is less compelling than experimentalists would desire, mainly consisting of schematic case studies.
I found value in that I could use what May provides to better understand my own life. I would thus classify this book as philosophy or theory of self-help than as science. The last three chapters drew a labored beginning to an insightful close
The book was written in the 70's. I need to spend more time with the book though. I suspect
it has hidden gems of wisdom that are there for the persistent reader. Rollo May's "The Courage
to Create" is still a favorite of mine.
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The book, though somewhat dated, is informative and well worth a read.
The case studies are very useful but the book would be very confusing for the general public.