Special Worries Articles

Snakes in the Toilet!

Freud made popular the idea that various objects, by virtue of their appearance and function, could stand symbolically for other objects, usually sexual. When a woman dreamed about cleaning her house, for instance, she might be expressing feelings she had about her...

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The Remnants of a Phobia

Remnants of a Phobia For a panic disorder to disappear entirely, only two things need to be learned: that it is possible to escape from all those places where phobics typically feel trapped, including stuck elevators, and that the panic attack, no matter how extreme,...

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The Benefits of Being Really Old

The benefits of being really old I ran into an old friend of mine who was commenting—complaining really—about all those lost years. I told him I had discovered an advantage in getting older. When I was 70 or 75, I used to look in the mirror and see an old man; but now...

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