September 27, 2004

Listening to Prozac – Review of Goodbye, Darkness by Peter D. Kramer

Writing about web page http://slate.msn.com/id/2106883

Not of immediate interest to our courses, but certainly relevant to one of its main topics – emotions:

"What does the good life feel like? I mean the life worth living, the life we should and do admire. For most of the last century, that question was answered in terms derived from the study of depression, schizophrenia, and the anxiety disorders. A person in touch with the times would suffer existential angst and social anomie. To be wise was to experience ambivalence about important matters and to feel alienated from the culture.

If I am reading the tea leaves right, our fascination with emotional paralysis may be nearing an end…" (Read more...


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