BookBrowse Reviews My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

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My Age of Anxiety

Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

by Scott Stossel

My Age of Anxiety
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2014, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2015, 416 pages

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Elena Spagnolie

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My Age of Anxiety is Scott Stossel's moving account of his struggles with anxiety, and the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand this complicated condition.

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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