Encyclopedia Neurotica

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Our modern age of anxiety threatens to overwhelm us all with angst, ambivalence, and dread. Most of us manage to cope, but not without displaying some pretty bizarre behavior. Enter Encyclopedia Neurotica, an irreverent A-to-Z guide to the tics, twitches, and safety-valve nuttiness of modern life. Learn about such fascinating foibles as retail therapy, "shopping as a means of comfort, relaxation, or mood elevation," or cell yell, "loud talking on cell phones in public places by people with a neurotic need to ...
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Overview

Our modern age of anxiety threatens to overwhelm us all with angst, ambivalence, and dread. Most of us manage to cope, but not without displaying some pretty bizarre behavior. Enter Encyclopedia Neurotica, an irreverent A-to-Z guide to the tics, twitches, and safety-valve nuttiness of modern life. Learn about such fascinating foibles as retail therapy, "shopping as a means of comfort, relaxation, or mood elevation," or cell yell, "loud talking on cell phones in public places by people with a neurotic need to invade their own privacy." Find out whether you suffer from cyberchondria, "hypochondria resulting from seeing one's symptoms on a medical Web site," or pronoia, "the irrational belief that people like you."
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Have you ever searched for a definition for acquired situational narcissism? Wondered why being human is so tough? Felt a need to understand the appeal of television neurotics like Larry David or Tony Soprano? How about a new list of previously unknown phobias? If you are sometimes neurotic, need to understand someone neurotic, or just need a laugh, this is the encyclopedia for you. The prolific Winokur (The Portable Curmudgeon) has collected an array of neuroticisms for our reading enjoyment. Entries vary in length from a word or two (the definition of self-destructive) to eight pages (famed neurotic Howard Hughes). Bottom Line Usually humorous, sometimes wry, occasionally straightforward and a little scary, this amusing work is recommended for leisure reading collections in all public libraries.-Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ., Peoria, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312325015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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Jon Winokur is the author of various reference books and anthologies, including The Portable Curmudgeon, The Rich Are Different, Ennui to Go and The War Between the State. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    Winokur, Jon. Encyclopedia Neurotica.

    This book is for the bathroom bookcase with Winokur's curmudgeon series. This is not an insult. The subject of this collection is psychiatry, and the book is very inclusive, although it doesn't include my neurosis, hoarding.
    What it does include is many quotes and both long and short, old and modern definitions. Additionally, and most interestingly, it has some biographies of famous neurotics and psychotics. The longest is of Howard Hughes - 9 pages. My favorites were of Oscar Levant and Dr. Szasz (not to be confused with Dr. Seuss). However, Winokur must tell us if the quotable Howard Ogden and his book Pensamentoes, Vol. II are real or a pseudonym of his imagination.

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