This week, thanks to William Falk, editor of The Week magazine, and to the American Psychiatry Association, we feel extra confident encouraging you to
Mr. ‘Bill’ Falk’s editorial in the current edition begins “We are all, to some extent, crazy”[!!] It gets even better as he explains “.. the successful, reasonably happy people I’ve known are nuts in a way that works for them…”
In a related matter, the American Psychiatric Association just released the latest version of its bible of mental illnesses, the DSM-5. There are 15 new diagnosis, including Hoarding, Internet Gaming Addiction and Cannibis Withdrawal. Since I’m nuts about nuts, I hope to review the 947 pages and over 300 maladies someday. For now, I”ll refer to the shorter, more accessible list of 136 phobias by Stephen Chrisomalis .
It has two terms for the fear of France – Francophobia and gallophobia and two terms for the fear of work – ergasiophobia and ergophobia, yet no mention of my main fear – dancing in public. I am fearless dancing alone or with a toddler or a mid size dog. I can ski dive and scuba dive but become paralyzed when dancing with anyone older than 2. I thought I may just have scotophobia – the fear of being looked at – but usually, it’s the opposite.
At least I don’t have clinophobia – the fear of staying in bed, which sounds truly awful. How can you cure anything without bed rest?
So, what makes you nuts and what are you nuts about? Inquiring minds want to know. Plus, we have someone who might be able to help.
And now my fellow nuts, go. Live well and out of the shell.
Or, as the
likes to say, “Boldly go where no nut has gone before”.
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