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Why Worry?

Why Worry?

Like the title implies, this book is a guide to stop worrying and live your life. It describes worry as illusion that exists only in the mind and shows as well how we can overcome it.

The writer distinguishes between normal and abnormal worry, and principally speaks about the latter.

He states that some degree of worry is permissible in ones life as it can come about in the process of living.

But worry that is so overwhelming that the individual cannot do anything else is a dangerous habit and must be stopped before it can do serious damage.

Various techniques for eliminating or combating worry is discussed.

The legs of the stork are long, the legs of the duck are short; you cannot make the legs of the stork short, neither can you make the legs of the duck long. Why worry?

- Chwang Tsze

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTORY
II. EPICURUS AS A MENTAL HEALER
III. THE PSYCHO-THERAPY OF MARCUS AURELIUS
IV. ANALYSIS OF WORRY
V. WORRY AND OBSESSION
VI. THE DOUBTING FOLLY
VII. HYPOCHONDRIA
VIII. NEURASTHENIA
IX. SLEEPLESSNESS
X. OCCUPATION NEUROSIS
XI. THE WORRIER AT HOME
XII. THE WORRIER ON HIS TRAVELS
XIII. THE WORRIER AT THE TABLE
XIV. THE FEAR OF BECOMING INSANE
XV. RECAPITULATORY
XVI. MAXIMS MISAPPLIED
XVII. THE FAD
XVIII. HOME TREATMENT
XIX. HOME TREATMENT CONTINUED

Book Excerpt:
The habit of worry is not to be overcome by unaided resolution. It is hoped that the victim of this unfortunate tendency may find, among the homely
illustrations and commonplace suggestions here offered, something to turn his mind into more healthy channels. It is not the aim of the writer to transform the busy man into a philosopher of the indolent and contemplative type, but rather to enable him to do his work more effectively by eliminating undue solicitude. This elimination is consistent even with the "strenuous life."

One writer has distinguished between normal and abnormal worry, and
directed his efforts against the latter. Webster's definition of worry (A state of undue solicitude) obviates the necessity of deciding what degree and kind of worry is abnormal, and directs attention rather to deciding what degree of solicitude may be fairly adjudged undue.

In the treatment of a subject of this character a certain amount of repetition is unavoidable. But it is hoped that the reiteration of fundamental principles and of practical hints will aid in the application of the latter. The aim is the gradual establishment of a frame of mind. The reader who looks for the annihilation of individual worries, or who hopes to influence another by the direct application of the suggestions, may prepare, in the first instance for disappointment, in the second, for trouble.

GEORGE L. WALTON.

BOSTON, April, 1908.
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