Monkey Mind Book REVIEW – ‘A Memoir of Anxiety’ by Daniel Smith


Anxiety-Daniel-SmithBook title: ‘Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety’

Author: Daniel Smith

ISBN number: 9781439177310

Release Date: 01/06/2013

Number of pages: 224

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches

Weight: 12 ounces

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Brief Content

For years, the author of this book, Daniel Smith, suffered attacks of acute anxiety that turned him into an emotional wreck. Sleeping was impossible and headaches and nausea haunted him for days.

In ‘Monkey Mind’, he tells the story of how a man finally learns to live with, and laugh at, his own fears. Through medication, endless psychoanalysis, self-isolation, and meditation, Smith finally makes peace with his restless spirit and becomes the man and father he desires to be.

Daniel Smith succeeds in expressing in a funny, entertaining way what many people feel but find difficult to express.

His personal insights and experiences of fear in contemporary society are painfully recognizable and at times quite absurd.

60 000 copies were sold for the first edition. This book is highly recommended by experts in the field of psychotherapy and neurology, such as Dr. Aaron Beck and Oliver Sacks.


Book Rating

This book was entertaining and confronting at the same time. It gave me deep insight into fears and how their impact permeates all areas of life.

The author makes himself vulnerable and dares to come out with challenging personal experiences.

I would say this is more than worth reading, equivalent to a value of 4 stars:


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