Encyclopedia Neurotica

Download or Read eBook Encyclopedia Neurotica PDF written by Jon Winokur and published by St. Martin's Press. This book was released on 2013-12-17 with total page 292 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Encyclopedia Neurotica
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Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Total Pages : 292
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ISBN-10 : 9781466860308
ISBN-13 : 1466860308
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Book Synopsis Encyclopedia Neurotica by : Jon Winokur

Book excerpt: From the author of The Portable Curmudgeon, a delicious, witty, irreverent A to Z guide to the tics, twitches and safety-valves that characterize our twisted, neurotic modern world. We live in an Age of Anxiety. The events of modern life have overwhelmed the average homo sapiens until getting from Point A to Point B without being overcome by neuroses is a practical impossibility. Enter: the comic safety valve. Jon Winokur's Encyclopedia Neurotica is a delightful garden of the ills that beset modern man. Entries include excerpts from both popular and arcane published works, as well as original definitions, essential terms and the occasional cutting-edge concept, such as "celebriphilia, the pathological desire to sleep with a celebrity, suffered chiefly by groupies." Some samples from Encyclopedia Neurotica: --Abyss, the: the yawning unfathomable chasm of existential terror --Acquired Situational Narcissism: a condition characterized by grandiosity, lack of empathy, rage, isolation and substance abuse; mainly afflicts celebrities, who tend to be surrounded by enablers --Denial: unconscious defense mechanism that numbs anxiety by refusing to acknowledge unpleasant realities --Manic Run: prolonged state of optimism, excitement and hyperactivity experienced as part of bipolar disorder

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