Top positive review
Insightful and substantive appreciation of anxiety
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2017
A classic - though old, this book still cuts to the core of how we confront or fail to confront anxiety in our lives. I write this review in 2017.
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