Monkey Mind

Monkey Mind

A Memoir of Anxiety

Book - 2012
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In the insightful narrative tradition of Oliver Sacks, Monkey Mind is an uplifting, smart, and very funny memoir of life with anxiety--America's most common psychological complaint.

Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety's demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. 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." Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, "I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity….I broke out into explosive laughter again and again." Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439177303
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.8522 SMI
ANF 616.8522 SMI
Characteristics: viii, 212 p. ; 23 cm


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Jul 21, 2017

This is an entertaining memoir. It's best suited for those who want to get an account of one man's feelings of how severe anxiety impacted his life and his mind. It's not a study about the science and neurochemistry of anxiety and it doesn't give you any handy lists of things to do to resolve your feelings of stress and pressure. It's simply the story of part of the author's life. The second half of the book is when it really kicked in for me. At that point he really gets into the depths of how his anxiety felt and how he dealt with it. I found those passages the easiest to relate to.

Oct 06, 2016

I was looking to do some bibliotherapy with this book and gain some insight into anxiety. This book is heavy on personal stories and the trials and tribulations of anxiety. I didn't find the author too insightful on the topic or too helpful in how to cope with anxiety. It's definitely heavier on the memoir side than anything that would give a person concrete ways to battle stress or anxiety. I was entertained but not really enlightened. If your looking for methods of dealing with anxiety you won't find it here.

Dec 01, 2014

Great read, entertaining and empowering. Sometimes self-regulation can be a greatest adventure. The author learns to control his anxiety, a testament that not even a severe anxiety, although challenging, is not the end of the world.

Nov 19, 2014

Didn't care for this book at all. Narrator was irritating at his attempts at humour. Didn't bother to finish book.

Sep 12, 2013

Monkey Mind,subtitled "A memoir of anxiety," is just that it talks in depth about anxiety and is suitable for all readers. For readers like me who have at times been victims of anxiety here is a book which we can relate to and take comfort from. For those who do not suffer at all from anxiety - come on is there really someone like that - it is a peep into the lives, trials and tribulations of the rest of the world. This is an account in lay-persons terms and strikes at the core of the problem and how the author deals with it. A serious subject which has been told in a self-deprecating way which makes the account very readable.

Donna_R Oct 14, 2012

An honest and funny depiction of how anxiety affects your life.

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