When I first heard about Scott Stossel's book, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, I was immediately interested. I wanted to know how a person with such a high-powered, presumably stressful job - he is a journalist and editor of The Atlantic magazine - learned to cope with so much anxiety. And on a more personal level, I was hoping to take away a few nuggets of understanding that might help me navigate the fear-induced neuroses in my own life. Once I started reading, however, I quickly learned that this book is very different (and much more) than what I was expecting.
The title, My Age of Anxiety, is very appropriate; Stossel focuses on his own life and experiences throughout the book, telling stories of painful (and sometimes humorous) episodes of his suffering, posing thoughtful questions about how or why he came to be this way, and sharing pages...
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