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. Encyclopedia Neurotica is a delightful garden of the ills that beset modern man. Entries include excerpts from both popular and arcane publishe...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published January 1st 2004)
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Jul 01, 2008 Marjanne rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes trivia
This book is a brief encyclopedia of neruosis, nerotic people, and nerotic movies. Some the entrys were funny and there were a lot of good quotes. However, the choices of movies and people seemed a little arbritrary. Not so much a collection as much as what the author was interested in. It was worth the read, it was quick, but it wasn't really that amazing.
Jon Winokur (b. Aug. 5, 1947) is an American writer and editor. Born in Detroit, the son of Martin M. and Elinor Winokur, he attended Temple University (BA, 1970) and the University of West Los Angeles (JD, 1980).More about Jon Winokur...
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“NOCEBO: Latin for "I will harm"; a negative placebo; physical manifestation of pessimism; self-fulfilling prophecy of disbelief. In the nocebo effect, a bad result occurs without any physiological bias. In one study, women who believed they were more prone to heart disease were four times more likely to die of it than women with the same risk factors but without a pessimistic outlook. ”
“SITUATIONAL INTIMACY: Intimacy generated by a shared situation rather than a romantic or familial relationship, as when random train or airliner seatmates share their innermost secrets.”More quotes…