Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
with author Daniel Smith
We all think we know what being anxious feels like: It is the instinct that made us run from wolves in the prehistoric age and pushes us to perform in the modern one. But for 40 million American adults, anxiety is an insidious condition that defines daily life. Yet no popular memoir has been written about that experience until now.
Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.”
Daniel Smith brilliantly articulates what it is like to live with anxiety, defanging the disease with humor, traveling through its demonic layers, evocatively expressing both its painful internal coherence and its absurdities. He also draws on its most storied sufferers to trace anxiety’s intellectual history and its influence on our time. Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to millions of people who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
Daniel Smith is the author of Muses, Madmen and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity and a contributor to numerous publications, including The American Scholar, The Atlantic, New York, and The New York Time Magazine. He holds the Mary Ellen Donnely Critchlow Endowed Chair in English at the College of New Rochelle, and is currently a visiting professor at Bryn Mawr College. Smith is the co-producer and co-host of n+1 podcast.
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