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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety



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Author
Smith, Joan
Smith, Daniel
Descriptors
Abuse
Adolescence
Adulthood
Anxiety
Families
Judaism-Customs and Practices
Rape
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Time Period:
2000s
2010s
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Summary
Monkey Mind is an extremely eye-opening memoir about the onset and treatment of Daniel Smith’s anxiety disorder. He intersperses stories about his own life with research and writings about anxiety from scientists and philosophers like Kirkegaard and Freud. The book is not 100% heavy and dramatic, though — Daniel Smith’s dry humor about the situations he finds himself in is one of the strengths of the book. Trigger warning: the author does not shy away from sharing a story about how he was raped at 16, and while he documents what happened (in my opinion) tactfully, it is still distressing.
Critique
Having several friends and family members who suffer from anxiety, I wanted to read a book to help me understand and empathize with them. Monkey Mind did the trick. When the audiobook starts to feel overwhelming (because Daniel Smith’s rehearsals of his absurd, painful, and self-destructive thought patterns can be just that). I remind myself that this is how it is to live with anxiety, and that I am one of the lucky ones who can turn off the audiobook and walk away.
ISBN
1439177317
  iBistro
# of Pages
224
Published
2013
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Reviewer's Initials: LG


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